Common darter dragonflies

Common darter dragonflies

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Caption: Common darter dragonflies (Sympetrum striolatum) mating on a flower. During mating the male dragonfly grasps the female's head to pull her into the wheel position in order to copulate. Once mated, these dragonflies will remain in tandem. This prevents other males from mating with the female and provides her with some protection against predation and drowning.

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