Broad-winged damselflies mating

The other day I recorded these broad-winged damselflies (Odonata: Calopterygidae) mating along the River Raisin near Blissfield in southeast Michigan. When mating, a damselfly male grasps a female behind the head with clasps on the end of his abdomen. The female then arches her abdomen forward to receive his sperm. This basic process is recorded in this video, but the entire courtship and mating take quite a bit longer.


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