New Photos
November 13, 2005

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This female Common Spreadwing, Lestes disjuncta (or, in a new separation of species, Southern Spreadwing, L. australis) is about to slice a hole in this withered stalk of water iris and lay eggs in the slit. Here she is laying her eggs. The nymphs will develop in the water just like other damselflies.
The male Common Spreadwing (or Southern Spreadwing, depending on how recent your taxonomy guide is) is much smaller than the Great Spreadwing shown in the Pond Life page.
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Sympetrum vicinum is the yellow-legged meadowhawk (now, apparently, about to get a name change to Autumn Meadowhawk.) This is the same species in the mating shot.

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