All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Eastern Pondhawk Dragonflies</strong>
<em>Libellula vibrans</em>
July 29, 2007

I photographed these Dragonflies mating at Ijams Nature Center's pond. This is called a "wheel position". The male is the blue one on the right, the female is g...
Eastern Pondhawk Dragonflies
Libellula vibrans
July 29, 2007

I photographed these Dragonflies mating at Ijams Nature Center's pond. This is called a "wheel position". The male is the blue one on the right, the female is green. The male grasps the female's head with his claspers. The activity only takes a few seconds. Since they have such a complicated mating ritual, I'm referring interested readers to the link: mating dragonflies, the link explains it much better than I could! I got a kick out of the second blue male waiting in the wings (pun intended!) for his chance! Pondhawks are easy to identify because of their green face.

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