“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

“It ain’t over till it’s over” is a phrase commonly associated with baseball player/coach/manager Yogi Berra. In this case, “it” refers to odonate season and it’s not over in Northern Virginia till Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum vicinum) disappear. Clearly, it ain’t over although “the end is near.”

This individual is a female, as indicated by her red/tan coloration and terminal appendages.

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” is a similar saying that is often attributed to Yogi Berra mistakenly. “The fat lady” refers to the fact that many female dragonflies, such as Autumn Meadowhawk, have a wider body than males of the same species.

Look closely at the full-size version of the preceding photo. Notice what appears to be an egg mass located on the underside of her body, near the tip of the abdomen.

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3 Responses to ““It ain’t over till it’s over.””

  1. Wally Jones Says:

    We’re lucky down here in Florida to have an extended season for odes.

    I love your photographs with such a colorful subject! Your “Yogi-isms” are also terrific. I am reminded of one more, which applies to some of us who like to explore nature:

    “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

    Enjoy your week!

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