Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pairs, in tandem)

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) oviposit in tandem after copulation. The following mating pair, spotted on 15 October 2013, is shown resting in tandem on the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park.

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in tandem)

Three more mating pairs were spotted on 18- and 22 October 2013. Notice the egg cluster that is visible under the tip of the female’s abdomen in the photo taken on 10/18, shown below.

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Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 in a three-part series of photoblog posts related to reproduction of Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies.

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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