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Dragonflies Laying Eggs

8-27-14  black-tipped darner 133Never let it be said that Naturally Curious readers aren’t creative thinkers (see guesses on yesterday’s post) ! The vertical slits in the cattail leaves were made by female dragonflies that were in the process of laying their eggs. There are many different egg-laying strategies employed by dragonflies. Many females in the group of large, strong-flying dragonflies known as “darners” (such as the pictured Black-tipped Darner, Aeshna tuberculifera) use their lance-like ovipositors (see photo) to insert eggs into plants stems such as cattail, sphagnum moss, rotting wood or wet soil. However, most species of dragonflies possess non-functional ovipositors. The eggs of many of these species are washed off into water during flight as the female dips the tip of her abdomen into the lake, pond, river or stream.

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8 responses

  1. Dianne and Ed

    Hi Mary, You referenced the ‘guesses on yesterday’s post’, but I do not see them anywhere in today’s post. Dianne

    August 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    • Hi Dianne
      If you go to my blog site, and go to yesterday’s blog and click on “comments” you should find them!

      August 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  2. Have long enjoyed both your book and your blog and was finally motivated to send a contribution today. Always informative. Thanks.

    August 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  3. Bill On The Hill...

    Outstanding clarity of detail Mary. I clearly see the ” lance ” of subject inserted into the cattail’s leaf. Excellent shot of the dragonfly too! Thanks. BF…

    August 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  4. Sue Carr

    Hello Mary,

    I spied this wonderful character at a playground in E. Montpelier this Saturday. Can you tell me what he or she is?


    Sue Carr

    August 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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