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

This male <strong>White Tail Dragonfly</strong> (<em>Plathemis lydia</em>)was one of many at the pond at Haw Ridge. I was surprised to see that this dragonfly has something in common with my daughter, her name is Lydia! Male dragonflies are very territ...
This male White Tail Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia)was one of many at the pond at Haw Ridge. I was surprised to see that this dragonfly has something in common with my daughter, her name is Lydia! Male dragonflies are very territorial, they will chase other males away, especially if their mate is nearby. The females dip their tails in the pond to lay their eggs. Sometimes they can be seen trying to lay their eggs on silver-colored car surfaces! The nymph, called a naiad, will hatch from the egg, it lives in the pond for a year or more, eating, growing and molting up to 5 times.

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