Dragonflies, Three's a Crowd

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ThomD, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    When dragonflies mate, the male grabs the female behind her neck with the end of his tail. Many species stay connected like this while the female deposits her eggs. This way the male ensures that his contribution to the cause is preserved and not replaced by another male. This plan doesn’t always go as hoped, because other males may try to drive off the male throughout the process.

    While I was taking video of a pair depositing eggs, they were attacked by another male. The whole encounter lasted about 2 seconds. The video is too fast, even slowed to 1/4 speed, but the still images extracted from the video look good.

    Here is a set of images showing a pair of Green Darners (Anax Junius) with an interloper. The couple did break free and fly away.

    teh full squence of about 16 photos is on Smugmug, https://tandemhearts.smugmug.com/DragonFlies/Threes-a-Crowd/i-Nczv53Q

    Panasonic G7, 1/3200, ISO 800, f/5.6, 480mm(e)




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  2. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Very nice