Ophiogomphus mainensis (Maine Snaketail), ovipositing female

Ophiogomphus mainensis (Maine Snaketail), ovipositing female
Ophiogomphus mainensis (Maine Snaketail), ovipositing female, Chester, Hampden Cuunty, Massachusetts, 7/20/2003. I remember watching this female Maine Snaketail plunge into the swift current, and then she was floating downsream, abdomen first. She then washed up over this rock; grabbed hold of it, and clung to it. I snapped a few photos. She flew away after a few minutes. When I looked at the images on the computer, I could see that she was ovipositing, and could actuall see the eggs being released. If you look closely you will see an egg trailing behind the tip of her abdomen.

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