Two’s Company

And three’s a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were ‘company’ appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021.

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By The Pond

They flared their wings and body if another male came near.

Didn’t get much peace either .. two others flying nearby.

Interloper lands above.

Interloper lands below.

Meanwhile on the far side of the pond, another couple.
More discreet.
(best viewed large)

And just for fun .. a blurry shot of a couple, coupled in flight.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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    1. I felt lucky it was the ‘reds’ mating time – I don’t think I could have got a shot of them otherwise. The blues were more inclined to stop and perch sometimes.

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  1. Males of many species, not just damselflies or insects, often try to move in on the mating action. Frogs do it often. Some species of insects even have a way of causing the female to reject the sperm of a previous mating partner to supplant with their own. Nice series of observations, Liz.

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