Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (females)

An excerpt from “The wheel goes around and ’round,” posted on 12 November 2013, summarizes the story of one amazing day hunting for females and mating pairs of Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) at Huntley Meadows Park on 06 November 2013.

I witnessed what can be described appropriately as an orgy of mating Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) at Huntley Meadows Park on 06 November 2013. While standing in the same spot for an hour-or-so, I photographed six (6) mating pairs “in wheel” and seven (7) mating pairs “in tandem,” in addition to several other mating pairs I was unable to photograph. Also, I shot photos of eight (8) individual females — an unusually high number to see perching near the water! That’s a personal best and may be an all-time record for the species.

This post features unpublished photos of Female 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. Females 5 and 6 may be the same individual photographed at two nearby locations along the boardwalk. Photos of “Female 7” were published on 10 November 2013 in the post entitled, “Windshield wipers.”

Female 1

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Female 2

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Female 3

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Female 4

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Female 5

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Female 6

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

Female 8

Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly (female)

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