Dancer Damselflies
Genus Argia, Pond Damselfly Family Coenagrionidae
  Blue-tipped Dancer Damselflies Photograph
Blue-tipped Dancer Damselflies (Argia tibialis)
Jian Zhe Li Seepage Dancer Damselflies Photograph
Seepage Dancer Damselflies (Argia bipunctulata)
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, 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.

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