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Dragonfly Mystery Photo

7-23-14  dragonfly mystery photo 020Do you know what is happening in this photograph? All guesses welcome. The answer will be revealed tomorrow!. (Photo: male Chalk-fronted Corporal dragonfly, Libellula julia)

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24 responses

  1. Joshua W. Morse

    Is it being pulled beneath the ground by an Ant Lion?

    July 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  2. david

    The dragonfly is sucking moisture and salt up from the sand.

    July 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  3. Edward Parsons

    laying eggs?

    July 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  4. I’ve seen it once before with a Common Whitetail. It is being dragged into a Tiger Beetle hole.

    July 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  5. meg

    laying eggs
    Ian B

    July 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm

  6. If he’s “chalk-fronted” that should mean he’s on his back. So my first guess is that he’s sunbathing on a beach somewhere. Joking aside, display often means trying to attract a mate, so perhaps the more visible white is on display to show off to a prospective female.

    July 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

  7. Sue Wetmore

    It looks like it is boring holes in the sand for potential egg nest site. Sue Wetmore

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    July 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

  8. Laura Luckey

    laying eggs

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    July 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  9. Gordon Gribble

    This male is depositing sperm on a previously laid egg.

    July 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  10. dd

    Is it trying to use the sand to help it warm up or cool down?

    If this isn’t voluntary then I’m guessing some burrowing thing is trying to eat the dragonfly.

    July 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  11. He doesn’t look happy. I agree with Paul. I see Tiger Beetle larvae holes.

    July 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  12. gwen

    Fertilizing eggs?

    July 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

  13. Randi Filoon

    It looks like his tail is burrowing into the sand – laying eggs? (Or maybe he has an itch back there!).

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    July 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

  14. Sally

    Is it sleeping?

    July 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

  15. Marilyn

    Huh! Looked up Tiger Beetle. I might emend Paul’s answer to say that the beetle is sucking the insides out of the dragonfly. Ugh!

    July 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  16. She is ovipositing in the sand at the edge of a stream or pond.

    July 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

  17. Jean Harrison

    It’ missing it’s last four abdominal segments, so either they have been cut off or they are underground. I’ll go with tiger beetle.
    Since it’s a male, egg-laying seems highly unlikely. Anyway, it doesn’t look like it’s just above water.

    July 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

  18. He’s foraging?

    July 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  19. Tarun Johns

    Is she laying her eggs?

    July 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  20. Deborah Page

    It is laying its eggs with long ovipositor.

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    July 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  21. Dianne Wright

    I am not sure but I am very curious, naturally ! laying eggs? scratching an itch?

    July 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

  22. Pamela Simmons

    why, egg-laying of course

    July 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  23. Meredith Wade

    Is the dragonfly warming up or cooling down by putting its abdomen in the sand? Meredith Wade

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    July 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  24. That was my first guess, burying it’s abdomen and sexual organs into the sand to lay eggs! 🙂 “The circle of Life”!

    July 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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