One of the most common searches causing hits on my blog is “dragonfly eggs” which takes readers to this post. Today, I wanted to show you some pictures taken by Suzette A. Paduano, a high school classmate of mine, a Flickr Friend, and a fellow member of the Audubon’s Photography Club.
It was the June 12th meeting of Photo Club and I had been asked to lead a nature walk on the grounds for about 45-60 minutes before the actual meeting started. I opted for the new Universal Trail, hoping to see snakes, frogs, etc. We were not disappointed. But the most amazing thing for me was the Baskettail performance. We saw pairs in tandem and in the mating wheel… Then we watched this female:
Look carefully under the end of her abdomen in the picture above and you will see a small clump of golden-colored eggs. As we watched, her whole body seemed to pump more eggs. A couple of times during the process her abdomen arched upward:
It was fascinating to watch that clump of golden eggs grow and grow and grow.
Once she had a good big clump of eggs, she left her perch to fly over the water, tapping her heavy abdomen on the surface, releasing those eggs to sink to the bottom of the pond.
Thanks for sharing your photos, Suzette! See more of Suzette’s photos by clicking links below: