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Beautiful Demoiselles Pairing Sequence

By jasonrwl
This is the sequence I promised showing the whole pairing - apologies for the number of images. Some are better than others but it all happened very quickly and I had no time to make any adjustments to camera settings.

v1 - the female is sitting there minding her own business but the male has spotted her
v2 - getting closer
v3 - almost on her
v4 - landing
v5 - he pins her down while manoeuvring his abdomen to get a grip on her
v6 - this is yesterday's image - almost got his hold
v7 - the grip established he starts to walk forward off her
v8 - he starts to flap his wings and effectively starts to lift her bodily
v9 - as above - as he lifts her she can start to curl her abdomen underneath her
v10, 11, 12 - as above
v13 - the coupling is completed

Thanks for looking
Jason

Tags: Damselfly Insect Beautiful demoiselle Wildlife and nature

Voters: turniptowers, richmowil, Badgerfred and 19 more


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richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
31 Jul 2013 7:51AM
Absolutely stunning sequence of images Jason!! Super work!!

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31 Jul 2013 8:01AM
Super set of images, excellent work,
Fred.
cjl47 8 4 3 England
31 Jul 2013 8:03AM
Superb set, well photographed.
chris
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 8:23AM
Amazing sequence, Jason. any one is good in its own right. V2 is my personal favourite; excellent in flight capture, very difficult.
Nigel
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 8:25AM
An amazing sequence of images Jason, I don't know how you do it!
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
31 Jul 2013 8:30AM
These are amazing and informative Jason !! I have never seen this play out before !! Thanx !!
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
31 Jul 2013 10:08AM
An outstanding work, Jason. Excellent and beautiful display of the process.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 11:20AM
Absolutely brilliant Jason, not only for the quality photgraphy
but also for understanding what we've seen - stand aside Mr Attenborough!
I think V6 is the best compostionally and it was on my shortlist yesterday - so maybe today
you'll get your award!
KateGrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
31 Jul 2013 1:12PM
Excellent work, Jason.

Dave
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 4:36PM
Fascinating - and well captured Jason!
Ann
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
31 Jul 2013 6:36PM
I usually cannot spare the time to check our a dozen or so images, but thought this might be worth it-- It was and thank you so very much!
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
31 Jul 2013 11:32PM
superb set, Jason, v3 really stands out above them all for me.
ant.
18 Aug 2013 4:02PM
Excellent set of photos - I'm impressed.

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