Seepage Dancer Damselflies
Argia bipunctulata, Family Coenagrionidae
They dance along the water's edge.

Home   Galleries   Order Info   Resources   Show Schedule   About Me   Newest Items   Site Map   Table of Contents   Search


Seepage Dancer Damselflies (DIN111)

Seepage Dancer Damselflies (DIN112)

Seepage Dancer Damselflies (DIN113)
Male Damselflies, like Dragonflies, have their sex organs at the tip of the abdomen like most other insects.  However, because the males use the clasping organs, also at the tip of the abdomen to grasp the female's thorax during mating, they first have to transfer a sperm packet to secondary genitalia at the base of the abdomen from where the female accepts the packet during mating.  It is thought that this system of mating evolved so that the male could protect his investment in the next generation by greatly eliminating the chance that another male could mate with the female before the eggs have been laid.  Indeed, many Odonates, especially damselflies, are frequently seen at rest and flying in "tandem" throughout the egg laying process, in addition to the period of actual mating.

Nature Photography, Wildlife Photography, Waterfowl Photography and Bird Photography from Marsh, River, Field and Forest Habitats.
All images Copyright © 1999 - by Gerry Gantt, all rights reserved.