Hooking up with a female

Both photos in this post show the same mating pair of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted at two nearby locations along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair)

The pair is shown “in wheel.” All dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen: male dragonfly secondary genitalia are located in segments two and three (2 and 3); female genitalia in segment eight (8). Therefore, the male dragonfly is on top; the female is on the bottom. Notice that the female is a heteromorph. Male dragonflies must prepare for mating, due to the unique position in which these insects copulate.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair)

Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 in a two-part series of photoblog posts related to reproduction of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies. Last post: “Male preparing for mating.”

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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