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Common Whitetail dragonfly (female, oviposition)

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:


Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2011
Submitted on Jan 1, 2012

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