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Blue-eyed Darner


Blue-eyed Darner
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Copyright: Lauren Sobkoviak (Ashrunner) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 19] (76)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-29 10:48
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While checking out Fireman's Pond in Redmond, Oregon, I was at a spot I nicknamed "Dragonfly Corner" because of the high number of odonata I find there. I was keeping my eye on a pair of mating Tule Bluets when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye.

I looked over and saw this female Blue-eyed Darner, or Aeshna multicolor, depositing eggs. I moved over and began shooting. I was able to get several good images, before it flew to a new spot and I lost it. This is one of those images.

This is the first year I have seen Blue-eyed Darners at Fireman's Pond. I do hope this is an indication of a stable population for the future.

Both male and female Aeshna multicolor are large dragonflies and aggressive predators. The female is predominantly green and brown, with bright green stripes on the side of its thorax. The eyes are green and brown, and the abdomen is brown with bright green spots.

The male (see my previous image of the male) has blue eyes, a striped brown thorax and a long abdomen, heavily marked in blue.

Active fliers, they are found near lakes and ponds.


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