“X” marks the spot for love!

“X” marks the spot for some dragonfly love, that is.

Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in wheel)

Mating Pair No. 1: Male 1; Female 1.

This post features photos of three mating pairs of Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (Erythemis simplicicollis) spotted on 20 August 2014 during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park. All three pairs are shown “in wheel”: the males are on top; the females are on the bottom.

The next two photos show another male mating with two different females at same spot, several hours apart.

Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in wheel)

Mating Pair No. 2: Male 2; Female 2.

I have noticed some individuals of some species of dragonflies are creatures of habit that return to the same location day-after-day. For example, I think “Male 2” is the young male that I photographed in another mating pair at the same spot on 15 August 2014; notice the blue pruinescence that covers his body more completely five days after the first photos were taken on the 15th.

Immature [male] colored as female, becomes pruinose first on abdomen and then thorax. Color change begins at about a week of age and takes about 2–3 weeks, fastest at higher temperatures.” Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 10207-10208). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in wheel)

Mating Pair No. 3: Male 2; Female 3.

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Editor’s Note: The preceding photos were taken using my new Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera and 55-200mm zoom lens (88-320mm, 35mm equivalent). I used the Fujifilm Shoe Mount Flash EF-42 in TTL mode with a shutter speed of 1/250s — John Greengo is right, 1/250s works as well or better than the X-T1’s 180x default sync speed!

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