Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dragonfly: Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

The female Common Green Darner was the final player in the pool frenzy. She was probably the first to settle.

She settled on a clump of grass at the waterline and appeared to lay eggs around its base. Before she had finished, she had laid eggs at a couple of locations in the pool. She was the hardest to photograph but I did manage to get this one that shows her fairly clearly.

I went back through my photographs from last year and found a series with a male and female Common Green Darner. The female was laying eggs in this same pool. She, too, laid eggs in almost the same locations at the female this year.

Postscript, Sunday 9/13/2009:
The Twelve-spotted Skimmer was in residence. A male Common Green Darner made many passes over the pool but didn't land.

Identification resources:

- Dragonflies of Georgia: Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
- BugGuide: Common Green Darner (Anax junius) [Male] [Female]

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