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Eastern Pondhawk-female (54)
jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Eastern/Common Pondhawk-female
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Eastern/Common Pondhawk-male

Info on the Eastern Pondhawk

I was going to post a Giant Swallowtail but it is almost identical to angybone's except her's is better. So I posted this photo of a female Eastern Pondhawk instead. Taken along a bayou in Texas City where I sat watching many different species mating, fighting, depositing eggs and hovering/flying low over the water.

Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Sunny/Mid-Day
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/640
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 672mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Macro/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 800 x 601
Size: 95.7 KB
Date: September 21, 2007
Time: 1:42 PM

Brightness adjusted, Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting

One can distinguish the adult female from the immature male by the ovipositor located near the end of the abdomen on the female. The adult male is solid powder blue except for the eyes and face which remain bright green.

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jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Male
Edited by:jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)

Eastern/Common Pondhawk-Male