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Photo © Alan WhiteheadPremier Member! Click for more info.. (28th January 2021)
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"Common Darters (Sympetrum Striotatum) Mating at Whiteley Lake"

Dragonfly mating is quite complex and looks somewhat brutal, with the male taking the female by the scruff of the neck, using pincers at the end of his abdomen. And they don't often mate on a surface, such as this log, but with the male clasping a branch and leaving the female hanging by her neck and struggling to raise her abdomen to reach the requisite part of his anatomy. Having said that, dragonflies are actually some of the most successful and long lasting creatures on earth. They first appeared about 350 Million years ago and saw the Dinosaurs and many other species arrive and then die off about 65 Million years ago.

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Photographer: © Alan Whitehead (Gallery)Premier Member! Click for more info..(28th January 2021)
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Common Darters (Sympetrum Striotatum) Mating at Whiteley Lake

Dragonfly mating is quite complex and looks somewhat brutal, with the male taking the female by the scruff of the neck, using pincers at the end of his abdomen. And they don't often mate on a surface, such as this log, but with the male clasping a branch and leaving the female hanging by her neck and struggling to raise her abdomen to reach the requisite part of his anatomy. Having said that, dragonflies are actually some of the most successful and long lasting creatures on earth. They first appeared about 350 Million years ago and saw the Dinosaurs and many other species arrive and then die off about 65 Million years ago.
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Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION Model: NIKON D810
Exposure Program: Program, Focal length: 300 mm, ISO: 100, Exposure time: 1/250 sec, Metering Mode: Multi-Segment, Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Date/Time Creation: September 28, 2015, 12:37 pm
ImageID:1219952, Image size: 3739 x 2575 pixels

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Comment by poePremier Member! Click for more info..(9th February 2021)

Great shot and fascinating info. Thanks Alan

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