Common Green Darner Dragonfly Pictures
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These are among the largest dragonflies around.

Common Green Darners

I thought they were mating, and it may be fair to say they are...  But really these dragonflies "ovipositing" (laying eggs).  My buddy Gil advises: Photo shows Common Green Darner. Anax junius. The bluer one is the male. He is holding the female in tandem linkage, basically guarding her from other males. She is depositing eggs. Not all dragonflies will oviposit while in tandem linkage but this is one species that does.

Wimberley, TX October 2015.  Nikon D750, Nikon 300mm f2.8 VR II lens with Nikon 1.7x (effectively 500mm focal length) f8, 1/640s, ISO 400 - monopod mounted.

Backyard Make Common Green Darner

This guy was hanging out in a backyard tree.  Nikon D810A, Nikon 200mm f4 macro at f9, 1/500s, ISO 800.

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