Large red damselflies coupling
Male and female large red damselflies ( Pyrrhosoma nymphula ) coupled after mating - the male is in front. Like other damselflies, they may remain in tandem like this for some time after mating, even while flying. The females of this species (like some others) have a number of morphs - this one is the form melanotum; recognisable by the broad black stripe down the middle of the abdomen and the yellowish antehumeral stripes on the thorax.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2004. Permission is hereby granted for anyone to use this image for non-commercial purposes which are of benefit to the natural environment. School pupils, students, teachers and educators are invited to use and reproduce the image freely. The photographer should be credited where practicable. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder.|
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