Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies (mating pair)

A mating pair of Needham’s Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula needhami) spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. The pair is shown “in wheel” in Photos 1-3 (of 4). All dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen: male dragonfly secondary genitalia are located in segments two and three (2 and 3); female genitalia in segment eight (8). Therefore, the male dragonfly is on top; the female is on the bottom.

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The last photo shows the female half of the pair, resting immediately after copulation with her male partner. Look closely at the full-size version of the photo. Notice the flanges beneath the female’s eighth abdominal segment that are used to scoop water when laying eggs (oviposition).

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