The following photos show a mating pair of Common Green Darner dragonflies (Anax junius) spotted during a photowalk through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This pair is “in tandem”: The male is shown on the right; the female on the left. The female is laying eggs on the surface of underwater plants (epiphytic ovipostion). The Common Green Darner dragonfly is the only North American darner that usually oviposits in tandem.
Common Green Darner is one of at least five major species of dragonflies known to be migratory in North America. See interactive three-dimensional (3-D) virtual imagery of the five migratory dragonflies, including Common Green Darner, provided by the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.
Migratory Common Green Darner is one of the first species of dragonflies you are likely to see at Huntley Meadows during early spring, usually sometime in mid- to late-March. There is also a local population of Common Green Darners; the offspring of this mating pair will emerge from the hemi-marsh sometime next year.
Related Resources: Digital Dragonflies, presenting high-resolution digital scans of living dragonflies.
- Genus Anax | Anax junius | Common Green Darner | male | top view
- Genus Anax | Anax junius | Common Green Darner | male | side view
- Genus Anax | Anax junius | Common Green Darner | female | top view
- Genus Anax | Anax junius | Common Green Darner | female | side view
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