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Beaverpond Baskettail

Beaverpond Baskettail dragonflies have an early flight season, first appearing in May in the Northeast.  The males (pictured) cruise over the water (often beaver ponds, hence their name) as well as the shore in sexual patrol flight, flying back and forth over the same area repeatedly.  After mating, the female accumulates a large egg cluster at the tip of her abdomen, and as she drags it along the surface of the water, a long string of eggs is draped over plants.  Once these strings expand, they can be several feet in length and an inch or more in diameter.

2 responses

  1. Susan in NH

    I love this picture. What a great shot Mary! And fascinating information as always. : )

    May 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  2. You are too kind, Susan! This is one out of about 500 shots that didn’t come out!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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