DANCING DROPWING DRAGONFLIES MATING

“The Dancing Dropwing (Trithemis pallidinervis, family Libellulidae) is a species of dragonfly that may be periodically encountered around our local ponds. At the height of their adult emergence, both males (above) and females (below) may be observed in healthy numbers.

“When both sexes are up and about, we stand a fairly good chance of witnessing couples engaged in reproduction. In the late morning of 29th April 2015, I was thrilled to be able to watch a pair in action from a respectable distance. They were perched on the apex of a reed in their nuptial embrace, soaking up the warmth of the sun (below).

“A video clip of this intimate, but ephemeral moment in the life of a dragonfly may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
3rd December 2015

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