Dragonfly event PRESS RELEASE

Copyright Cindy Dyer

Copyright Cindy Dyer

I will be doing a talk on dragonflies July 27 at Gateway Park, Natural Pollinator Habitat, Fitchburg, MA. I have seen dragonflies mating where they attached, it looked like a heart shape.

Saturday July 27 – 10 am

Learn about Dragonflies
Natural Pollinator Habitat, Gateway Park
Corner of Sheldon and West Street

Learn about dragonfly eyes, which wrap around the head.
What do dragonflies see? What do dragonflies eat?
Learn how to count and identify dragonflies.

Bring sun screen, hat, lawn chair if possible, water, notepad and pencil.

Event sponsored by Butterfly Woman Publishing and CMAAC

RSVP

Mary Ellen Ryall
Butterfly Woman Publishing
www.butterflywomanpublishing.com
Email: butterflywomanpublishing@gmail.com
29 Merriam Parkway # 906
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978 696-5063

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Damselflies Laying Eggs

This is interesting, the mating practice of Damselflies.

 

Naturally Curious with Mary Holland

damselfly laying eggs2 354The two damselflies in this photograph have mated, but the male is still clasping the back of the female’s head so as to guard her and prevent her from receiving the sperm of another male before she is through laying eggs. Damselflies lay their eggs both in the water as well as in plants. The pictured female (bottom damselfly) is in the act of using her ovipositor (thin black structure at tip of abdomen) to puncture a cattail leaf and insert her 1 mm- long egg into the plant tissue. If you look closely, you will see holes in the leaf blade above the hole she’s currently making, where she has previously laid eggs. Thousands of these holes may be drilled and eggs inserted into them during her brief life.

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