Blue Dasher dragonfly (adult female, oviposition, in flight)

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female, oviposition, in flight)

The photographs in this post show a Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted during a photowalk along the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 24 August 2014. This individual is an adult female, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages, shown in flight as she is laying eggs (oviposition) in the hemi-marsh.

Blue Dasher dragonfly (female, oviposition, in flight)

Editor’s Note: I used a Canon 580EX II Speedlite mounted on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 superzoom digital camera — it works much better than the built-in pop-up flash! The external flash unit works in manual mode only. For more information, see Lessons Learned: How to use a superzoom camera to shoot insect photos.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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