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Powdered Dancers ovipositing in tandem - Argia moesta - male - female

Powdered Dancers ovipositing in tandem - Argia moesta - Male Female
Fews Ford, Eno River State Park, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
June 18, 2006
Oviposition was quite interesting. The pairs started out with the female only submerged about to its waist, but then it seemed to progress until the females were completely submerged. They seemed to suffer no ill effects--the pairs flying off if I made sudden moves. Surely fish must eat many damselflies during this maneuver, but I did not see this happen.

It was quite a challenge to wade in the stream, being careful not to trip, and fall, and to get low enough to get a good angle without splashing my camera, or, shudder, dropping it in the water.

Excellent life history shot
Can even see the females under the water- amazing!

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