Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (female, oviposition, in flight) redux 2

The following photo gallery shows a female Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula vibrans) laying eggs by the process of oviposition. The dragonfly 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.

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Habitat: Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Tech Tips: The photo was shot using an aperture of f/3.8 and a shutter speed of 1/1,300 second. The shutter speed was a little too slow to completely stop the motion of the dragonfly’s wings. BorderFX, a free plug-in for Apple Aperture, was used to add a text watermark to the photos.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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