The Chase Is On

Down at The Lake

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the water is thick with life

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and after The Chase of The Chasers the triumphant male

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has the territory to himself

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He spots what he is after

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and the chase is on

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Mating takes place on the wing, escaping capture on camera, which is a pity because:

“Mating in dragonflies is unique. The male first transfers sperm from near the tip of his abdomen to accessory genitalia near the top of the abdomen. He then grasps a female by the back of the head with his abdominal claspers (tandem position). The female curls the tip of her abdomen to meet the male’s accessory genitalia and sperm is transferred (the wheel position). This process can take a few seconds (in species of Chasers) or many hours (Blue-tailed Damselflies).”

Then the female immediately starts depositing eggs on the water surface

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We look forward to more chasing chasers next year.