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MATING DRAGONFLIES (THE COPULATION WHEEL)

Observed: 12th September 2009 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
MATING DRAGONFLIES (WHEEL OF LIFE)
Description:

Two dragonflies flew in and landed in front of me one was orangy brown the other yellowy green.About 65-70mm long

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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A lovely photo showing the reddish male and the paler female. This 'wheel formation' mating system is unique to dragonflies and damselflies.

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Entomologist and biological recorder