Dragonfly sex

A week or so ago, in one of the last unseasonably warm spells we had, I saw two dragonflies mating at the St.Ann’s allotments….

These dragonflies are demonstrating the “wheel” formation characteristic of mating Odonata, and not seen in any other insects.  They maintained the formation for several minutes, long enough to find a camera and take a photograph.

I think the species is Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), or perhaps Ruddy Darter (S. sanguineum), I’m not certain exactly which.  Both are fairly commonly seen dragonflies.

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One response to “Dragonfly sex

  1. A great opportunity! Well captured!

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