Blue Dasher dragonflies (mating pair) redux

I spotted another mating pair of Blue Dasher dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis) during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 25 July 2014.

The pair is shown “in wheel.” All dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back: male dragonfly secondary genitalia are located in segments two and three (2 and 3); female genitalia in segment eight (8). Therefore, the male dragonfly is on top; the female is on the bottom.

Blue Dasher dragonflies (mating pair)

The following photograph shows the female, resting briefly after copulation (before oviposition).

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

The next gallery shows a short time-series of photographs of the female, in flight, laying eggs (oviposition) in the hemi-marsh.

The last photo shows the female resting after oviposition, waiting for the next hook-up.

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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