Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ebony Jewelwing

On 23 June,  Erika and I encountered a dozen Ebony Jewelwings along the creek that drains Carleton College’s Lyman Lakes. We were photographing a female laying her eggs in the quiet water, when a male flew overhead, and landed next to her. We marveled how the male generated lift with its wings folded above its body. Perhaps air is simply much like water to a damselfly.
He seemed to be guarding her, perhaps from interference from other males. Paulson (2011) reports that males, in their territories, guard egg-laying females. Males without territories often try to sneak in and copulate with females in other males’ territories. In this case the male perched next to the female while she continued laying eggs.

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