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This pair were mating and depositing eggs in a small pond which had formed after some heavy rain. I'm not sure on the species so any suggestions would be great.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Fanie 7 years ago
Vagrant Emperor
Anax ephippiger Anax ephippiger

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TeresaBurke 9 years ago

Awesome catch!

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks Gordon that's very kind of you! :-)

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Amy, This is a very nice photograph. I was struck very much by how much they look like our North American Common Green Darners (Anax junius). Nice...

I've taken the liberty of removing this spotting from the two missions in question. There are occasional glitches in the system and I don't know why you couldn't remove them, but those things happen once in a while. Let me know if you have any questions.

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

I hadn't actually intended it to be part of that mission, as you can see it is also in 'African cats', for some reason it selected all my missions and I am not able to remove it from them.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hello. I appreciate your interest in the mission however this picture does not show any parental care (and even implied egg deposition is not the same as brooding behaviour/parental care). Thanks

AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion taka, I think you're probably right although it's very difficult to tell from the images on that site. I have no idea to species level. :-)

SusanEllison 9 years ago

neat shot

taka.ita 9 years ago

Anax ephippiger looks a lot like it, but there are many Anax-species, so I am not sure.

BenjiSun 9 years ago

beautiful mating photo~

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks Karen. :-)
Do you happen to know the species? I'd really like to know.

KarenL 9 years ago

Great capture!

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Emnambithi/Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 12, 2011
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012

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