Hairy dragonflies mating

Hairy dragonflies mating

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Caption: Hairy dragonflies (Brachytron pratense) mating. In order to mate, the male grasps the females head with the claspers on the end of his abdomen. He then flips the female's abdomen into the wheel position to copulate with her.

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