Stock Photo Description
Stock photo of Common darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Mating Dragonflies in a what is known in the Dragonfly world as copulating wheel. The Mating Dragonflies ceremony whereby the male grips the back of the female head follows a simple procedure, the female will extract his sperm with the end of her tail as can be seen in this Mating Dragonflies image where she will eventually oviposit the eggs from. It is a beautiful moment and after the event is over the female will hover over the nearest source of water and oviposit or deposit (lay) the fertilised eggs into the water where they will hatch and transform into bugs before eventually climbing out often up a reed or plant stem and molt. During the metamorphosis the bug will transform into a beautiful Dragonfly.