Mating Halloween Pennants

I was down at the lake this morning. I saw the anhinga and the small ‘gator. That was a pleasant surprise, because I’d heard they were removing them (there are two); some moron guests of someone who lives in the park was seen feeding them.

You do not feed ‘gators, damn it! They become aggressive and demanding, and then they have to be relocated, which I suspect means they’re killed.

I don’t know if the small one has been left or they haven’t removed them yet, but I suspect they’ll take both, which makes me sad. I enjoy seeing them, but to be safe, if there’s any chance they’ll go after people or pets, it’s best they are removed.

Remember that old movie Wild Things with Neve Campbell and Denise Richards? During the opening credits, Matt Dillon is speeding through the Everglades on an airboat and stops to feed an alligator. I get pissed every time I see that scene.

A boat showed up on the lake and started spraying green shit on the weeds. I hate when they do that; it doesn’t only kill weeds. It also kills fish and dragonflies and other things important to water ecology. And it stunk. Oh my gawd, it smelled so bad. When I got home I washed my hands and face, in case any of the spray somehow landed on me.

For more info on this, follow the link: https://floridaphoenix.com/2021/04/01/herbicide-used-in-fl-as-a-cure-all-is-more-like-a-kill-all/

After the poisoner passed, I saw two Halloween pennants mating in midair and occasionally dipping into the water. This is how they lay their eggs.

I usually suck at getting “dragonflies in flight” pictures, but I actually got a few good ones today. Woohoo! The first one is of them literally in the air.

The next two show them dipping into the water so the female can leave the eggs.

I never know what I’ll see when I visit the lake. Today was a good day for pictures but a bad day for flora and fauna. 😦 I wonder if these dragonfly babies will even hatch?

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4 Responses to Mating Halloween Pennants

  1. Lindsaysf says:

    Wow. Halloween Pennants? what an awesome name! And such an intriguing way to breed.

  2. jeffbaker307 says:

    Never heard of Halloween Pennants! Thanks for the pics! Mid-air mating? beats a cheap motel anyday!

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