Eastern Pondhawk Dragonflies
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.