Great Blue Skimmer dragonflies (mating pair)

The following photo gallery, shown in reverse chronological order, shows a mating pair of Great Blue Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula vibrans) spotted along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 26 June 2012.

Photo 2 (of 4) shows the pair “in wheel”; Photo 1 shows the female resting on the boardwalk after copulation; the male is “hover guarding” the female to protect her from other males. Hover guarding is also known as “non-contact guarding.” Photos 3-4 are close-ups of the male and female dragonflies shown in Photo 1: Photo 3 shows the male; Photo 4, the female.

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Photo 1

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Photo 2

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Photo 3

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Photo 4

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