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Plathemis lydia, Libellula lydia
This "raw" video clip shows a female Common Whitetail dragonfly laying eggs by the process of oviposition. The male dragonfly (white coloration) patrols the area to protect the female from other males; the female (brown coloration) 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. And that's a good thing -- notice the two turtles that are moving toward the female dragonfly!
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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