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Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male, preparing for mating)

Sympetrum ambiguum


A male Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly spotted along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. You may be wondering, “What’s up with the male’s gymnastic position?” Turns out this male dragonfly is preparing for mating with a nearby female. "In dragonflies, males of most, possibly all, species transfer sperm [from the tip of their abdomen] to their second segment before hooking up with a female." Source Credit: Paulson, Dennis (2011-12-19). Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) (Kindle Locations 370-371). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition. Related Resource:


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

So precious..I love its eyes!

Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.76, Long: -77.10

Spotted on Sep 27, 2013
Submitted on Oct 11, 2013

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