Don’t tell these damselflies featuring on this blog that they are in fact Common Blue Damselflies (After all, no one likes to be called common do they!)
Anyway, let me introduce you to Denny and Delia Damselfly….
Delia is a little shy but once she emerged from the water it didn’t take Denny long to take control!
Males use claspers or “anal appendages” (sorry and I know it’s immature but “anal appendages” makes me laugh!) at the end of their abdomen to grab females just behind the head!
And that’s just what Denny did!
When ready, the female curves her body forward so that her reproductive organs reach those of the male. This forms the “wheel” or “heart” position, which is held from a few seconds to several hours depending upon the species.
After copulation, the pair is still perfectly capable of flying when linked or “in tandem”.
From the front….
These little damselflies are about 2 inches long and the most amazing blue that shimmers in the sun. The colours are straight from my camera with no photoshoppery at all!
See Ya xx