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Dragonfly

Observed: 29th September 2011 By: vicdesmidtvicdesmidt’s reputation in Invertebratesvicdesmidt’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

A dragonfly who settled on a decaying log next to my pond and spent a long time scraping at the log with her back end. What was she doing ?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Hawkers often lay eggs

Hawkers often lay eggs directly into water but I don't think its unusual for them to lay into vegetation in order to avoid predation.

jccurd's picture

Yes, laying eggs

Or ovipositing, as the posh term goes.

In my experience, Southern Hawker females are particularly keen on ovipositing on old wood. I've even seen one doing it on the old timbers of a bridge disappearing into the water.

John

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ID confirmation

Nice image with stunning colours

jccurd's picture

Ah ha!

All becomes clear - Chris Brooks with the excellent dragonfly-images Web site. I have a link to your site from my site, ever since I got hooked on Odos three years ago.

Nice to see you on iSpot and e-meet you, Chris. :D

John

(http://www.curdhome.co.uk)

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Hi John

I thought it was you John but I wasn't sure, thanks for the comments and welcome.

vicdesmidt's picture

Thanks for your comment -

Thanks for your comment - taken with a Canon 50D and 300mm lens. I was lucky that she was distracted with her oviposting and hung around for a while !

Vic de Smidt

www.vicdesmidt.com

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thanks for all your replies - now I've discovered iSpot I'll be posting some more !

Vic de Smidt

www.vicdesmidt.com

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Link

Thanks for the Twitter link, I've just realised the connection :)