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Common Darters in Mating Pose.

Observed: 24th October 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in Invertebrates
Dragonflies, Common Darter, mating pair, Rye Meads, 2013-10-24 007
Dragonflies, Common Darter, mating pair, Rye Meads, 2013-10-24 003
Description:

Often referred to as heart-shaped in damselflies. Doesn't look much like it with dragonflies.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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jccurd's picture

Alternatively

... and more suited to dragonflies, the term "copulation wheel" is sometimes used. The "heart" does seem more appropriate to damselflies, doesn't it?

John

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Copulating Wheel...

...isn't a very romantic term though, is it? It's similar to the difference for us between "making love" and "copulating". Though I don't suppose the dragonflies care, as long as they get some ;-).

Regards

Simon

jccurd's picture

You're right

I don't think romance is an emotion experienced by them.

I must say that, having watched a male Common Hawker smack heavily and noisily into a female Common Hawker that was already ovipositing, rape sprang more to mind than romance.

All the best,

John

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Rape?

I suppose it might be romantic to a dragonfly. Who knows? Me, I know nothing.

Simon