Azure Damselflies mating
A pair of Azure Damselflies - Coenagrion puella -
The male is bright turquoise, the female has a green thorax and a darker abdomen. This pair has finished mating but the male is still holding onto the female to prevent another male trying to mate with her. The female is dipping the end of her tail (ovipositor) into the water to lay eggs on submerged weed.
The eggs will hatch in a week or so, the larvae will stay in the water until they hatch next spring.
I took this picture at the Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common on 24th May 2007, the same day as my previous picture of the Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly.
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