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.