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Orange Tip mating display

Observed: 6th May 2011 By: Peter Allen
British Dragonfly Society
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Orange Tip mating display
Description:

The male spent several minutes displaying around the female who's abdomen is upturned and ready to mate. They flew off together and the act of mating was not observed (assuming it did take place)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) interacts

Comments

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? mating

I note from a remark on my previous "mating" photograph that the upturned tip of the female abdomen is, in fact, a sign of DIScouragement - so maybe all his efforts were in vain!

Hampshire Dragonfly recorder
Hampshire & IOW Wildlfe Trust

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great pictures. You must have

great pictures. You must have had a really fast shutter speed to keep the wings in focus like this.

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