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A female Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly laying eggs by the process of oviposition. The dragonfly skims the water repeatedly, picking up drops of water that are used to flick fertilized eggs toward the shore. The process typically lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. Look closely at the full-size versions of these photos -- notice the frog watching the dragonfly? True story: I was so focused on keeping the dragonfly in the camera's field of view that I never noticed the frog until it lunged at lunch a few seconds after Photo 2 was taken. (The predator missed its prey, but it was nearly game over for the dragonfly!) I was pleasantly surprised to see the frog when I reviewed the photos I shot. I wonder whether the female dragonfly was so focused on laying eggs that she never noticed the frog until it was nearly too late. Related Resource: "Flying frog attacks dragonfly" http://waltersanford.wordpress.com/2011/...
Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntl...
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Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 14, 2012