Monday, August 19, 2013

Lance-tipped Darner

My final photo from Carleton College’s Lyman Lakes is of a Lance-tipped Darner. This dragonfly flew up from the ground and then hung, low to the ground, among prairie grass. This behavior is typical of the species. Other darners are more likely to perch on tree trunks.

After mating, female Lance-tipped Darners lay a few eggs at a time into slits they make in tall, aquatic plant stems. The eggs may be deposited up to three feet above the water (Meade).

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