All of this warm weather we are having is making me think winter is over! And one of my favorite things about warm weather is trying to shoot dragonflies--that is when the sit still long enough. Occasionally, if you are patient enough you'll get a few good frames in focus. And sometimes your get to witness them mating.
This is a pair of Halloween Pennants (Celithemis eponina) resting on a branch sticking out above a lake in Smithfield, Virginia. This species of dragonfly occurs in in Eastern North America, but do venture as far West as Colorado during the warmer months. If you've ever been to a lake, river or marsh then you've likely caught a glimpse of these beautiful creatures zipping about the water.
Halloween Pennants are exophytic egg layers, meaning they lay their eggs directly on to the surface of the water and are not fertilized until right before being deposited.
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