Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Damselfly eats while mating

Damselfly mating is a wonder of flexiblity and coordination. The male uses a special pair of arms on the end of his abdomen to grab the female behind the head, and she bends to touch her abdomen to the sperm stored in his thorax. They can do this while flying around.
Heck, they don't even have to drop what they were eating, or at least this female doesn't. She's holding something to her mouth-parts and munching away.

Photographed in Discovery Park.

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