Senior sex

The following photo shows a couple of high-mileage Great Blue Skimmer dragonflies (Libellula vibrans) still getting it done! The mating pair is “in wheel“: the male is on top; the female is on the bottom.

Great Blue Skimmer dragonflies (mating pair, in wheel)

04 SEP 2014 | HMP | Great Blue Skimmer (mating pair)

The final photo shows the female resting immediately after copulation.

Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (old female, resting after copulation)

04 SEP 2014 | HMP | Great Blue Skimmer (mature female)

The mature mating pair was spotted at a vernal pool in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). Contrast the appearance of the septuagenarian couple (figuratively speaking) with younger mating pairs, listed in reverse chronological order.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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