Needham’s Skimmer dragonfly (female)

The following “raw” video clip (unedited) shows a female Needham’s Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula needhami) laying eggs by the process of oviposition. The female skims the water repeatedly, picking up drops of water that are used to flick fertilized eggs toward the shore. The process typically lasts a few seconds to a few minutes.

I spotted several Needham’s Slimmer dragonflies (both males and females) during a photowalk through “Paul Spring Park,” one of seven small parks owned and maintained by the Community Association of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. See “Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies (males),” one of my Posterous posts. Male Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies exhibit primarily red coloration; females exhibit primarily yellow coloration.

Video © Copyright 2011 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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