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Dragonfly

Observed: 15th August 2012 By: beachcombercoconut
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Dragonfly 1
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I think this is a male Southern Hawker. It has 1 black wing spot on the top of each wing, not apparent in the photo. The tail segments have blue triangles one on each side with 2 thicker bands at the bottom. At the end of the tail there are 3 protrusions (I think there are only 2 on a female) Could someone tell me what these are or?

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You are correct, this is a male Southern Hawker. At the tip of the abdomen there are 2 outer claspers (known as anal claspers) these grab hold of the female behind the head during copulation.

Here is a link to an image that will show you, albeit they are Migrant Hawkers.

www.dragonfly-images.co.uk/#/mating-migrant-hawkers/4532434161

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Hi Chris Thanks very much for

Hi Chris
Thanks very much for that, your website is brilliant. Great photos and lots of helpful information. Dragonfly and Damselfly spotting is a new hobby of mine. Thanks again Lucy

Lucy