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Mating couple - Phanogomphus minutus - male - female

Mating couple - Phanogomphus minutus - Male Female
Venice, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
April 8, 2006
Close as I could crop and still see it. I'm pretty sure this is the male on the bottom.

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Moved
Moved from Clubtails.

The tip of the abdomen of the male
has the female clasped behind the head. She has her abdomen upside down and reaching forward to pick up a sperm packet from his secondary genitalia which are found under abdominal segment 2. It's an interesting process!

 
Interesting
I'll say. Thank you! So it is the female on the bottom? Still amazes me they can fly like this.
Carla Finley
Venice, FL
http://community.webshots.com/user/CarlaFinley

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