08: Ovipositing (egg laying)


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Once eggs have been fertilized the female lays them in the water. Egg laying behavior is quite varied but falls into two general patterns. Some species lay eggs directly into water by flying low over the water and periodically tapping their tail into the water. Other species, such as this violet (or variable) dancer (Argia fumipennis), lay their eggs on or in the stems of aquatic plants.

About the Traveling Exhibit

A series of ten large (approximately 20” x 24”) photographs (on aluminum) which illustrate the life cycle of these insects is available as a traveling exhibition. Accompanying text and captions (on separate panels) provide further information and describe the illustrated behaviors. A companion website (http://www.frg-photo.com/ode_exhibit/) expands on the exhibit by providing additional photographs and links to further information.

This exhibit is designed to inform the general public and is appropriate for display in venues such as schools, public libraries, and nature sanctuary visitor’s centers. The standard loan period is one month; use of the images is available at no cost.

Please contact the artist, Frank Gorga (frank@frg‐photo.com), for further information or to arrange an exhibit.

Rights and Permissions

This photograph may be used for projected presentations in a non-profit educational setting only. Any other uses are strictly prohibited except with permission from the photographer (Frank R. Gorga: frank@frg-photo.com).