Come and see how the female "Emperors lay their eggs in this post today!
This is the "Blue Emperor"(Anax imperator) of the "Anisoptera" family. This Anisoptera family contains 6 species of which the "Aeshnidae" has the biggest dragonflies. Large to very large.
Come and see their breeding factory here.
I took this rare photo from my FB page, as it is my own photo and you can see two female Blue Emperors in a double egg laying action.
The following photos were taken yesterday and it was a Blue Emperor lady that posed for me during her egg laying period.
Interesting in this photo you can also see a Masai Sprite Damselfly male at the left of the picture.
Here below is the little Masai Sprite Damselfly (Pseudagrion massaicum) in flight on the water.
Note: Damselflies are NOT Dragonflies!
Now this is a much clearer view of the Emperor dragonfly egg laying ceremony.
The term is called "ovipositing"
She was ovipositing (egg-laying) all along under the edge of the water plant leaf, as you will see in the photos below.
I am thankful that I could get so many egg laying poses on camera, but I have also meant this post as an education medium, as I see that so many still make the mistake to cite damselflies as dragonflies in their posts.
"Odonata" is the term that classifies the Dragonfly and Damselies as an Order, but they are two separate sub-orders namely Dragonflies= Anisoptera and Damselflies=Zygoptera.
For those that are interested in the Odonata insects, the links below are a good place to start.
And That's All Fiends
Note: All photos are my own and taken with a Canon Powershot SX60HS Bridge camera.
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