This species of dragonfly is very common around the BFEC ponds. Males and females are distinct. Males can be recognized by their black tipped light blue abdomen, bright green eyes, and the yellow and black striped thorax. The wings are often tinged with amber. They can often be seen resting on the tops of vegetation with their abdomens tipped toward the sky. This position is known as obelisking. It is used as a way of regulating body temperature. By elevating the abdomen less surface is exposed to the sun. This helps keep the body temperature down. Immature males and females have red-brown eyes and the dark brown abdomen has paired yellow spots along the lateral edge. As males mature the abdomen will become light blue. Males may be confused with Eastern Pondhawks, which lack the striped thorax. These dragonflies are quick to take flight, but often return to the same perch.