Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pairs, in wheel)

The following photographs show two mating pairs of Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum ambiguum) spotted on 17 October 2014 near a vernal pool in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park.

Both pairs are “in wheel”: the males are on top; the females are on the bottom. Both females are heteromorphs, as indicated by their coloration.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in wheel)

Mating Pair No. 1

Copulation between the male (S2-3) and female (S8) abdominal segments is shown clearly in preceding uncropped photo.

Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonflies (mating pair, in wheel)

Mating Pair No. 2

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