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Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair)

Sympetrum ambiguum


Both photos in this post show the same mating pair of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies spotted at two nearby locations along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park. The pair is shown “in wheel.” All dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen: male dragonfly secondary genitalia are located in segments two and three (2 and 3); female genitalia in segment eight (8). Therefore, the male dragonfly is on top; the female is on the bottom. Notice that the female is a heteromorph. Male dragonflies must prepare for mating, due to the unique position in which these insects copulate. Related Resource: Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (male, preparing for mating)


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


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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Sep 24, 2013
Submitted on Oct 13, 2013

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