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Old Aug 29 2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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Oh, that got your attention, did it? Well this tandem of dragonflies is indeed having sex in the open. He is hanging onto the upright leaf for dear life, using his so called "tenth segment" to grab her behind the neck. This is "foreplay" because she has to curl back to catch him at segment 2 to complete what they call a "mating wheel". But I find this picture pretty spectacular as it is and believe it or not, this was shot out-of-hand with a 70-300 lens on macro.



And they had a spectator, too! Well, beside me that is This differently coloured dragonfly obliged me by posing for me. Both pictures are taken at the same plant at the edge of the pond in my wife's beautiful garden.



These might be a tad big but the subject is asking for that. The photographs are cropped and sharpened a little.
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Old Aug 30 2009, 03:37 AM   #2
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The question remains: did she say YES?

*chuckles*

P.S. GREAT SHOTS - mother nature at it's best - thanks for sharing.
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Those are awesome, Hans!
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Those are fantastic Hans!! We actually just got done watching the old BBC series Life in the Undergrowth. and that picture looks like a screenshot from it it's so good.
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Those are really cool Hans!

I have to share the Two Striped Grasshopper love I took the other day (since we're on the subject. ) Yes, the lady is eating the Chrysanthemum flower, one I had just bought that morning. I have only two plants alive in my garden right now thanks to these things.

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In suggesting to Pam to post her recent grasshopper pic, she reminded me of the fritillary butterfly ones we both took last fall. These are the two pics I got of this amorous pair, which wasn't content to sit in one spot:



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Fantastic photo's Pam and Cheryl!

Cheryl, "my" butterflies never stay in one place long enough!
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OH THE DEBAUCHERY! LOL


Awesome pictures, all!
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Hans, you dirty old man!

Awesome work, all! I love macros of living insects. I've done dragonflies and butterflies myself, but I've never caught a pair "in the act"
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My thoughts exactly, Weyrlady and I daresay he gets a "No, honey, I've got a headache tonight" on occasions too.

However the photos that Pam and Cheryl produced are also fantastic. Maybe this should go in the thematic photography forum as a sub-ject
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I am highly tempted now to make LOLDragonflies a la "Ceiling Cat Is Watching You Masturbate".

It's not my fault. Hans said the "s" word first. Then he said the red one was watching. It's all downhill from there!

Edit: All this said, I love dragonflies and damselflies. My favorite insects, even moreso than butterflies.
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OH LORD....my eyes, my eyes....I didn't know we had a *Centerfold* section on MoM...ROTFL!!!! These photos Hans, Cheryl and Pam...and just amazingly incredible.
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Old Sep 3 2009, 10:40 AM   #13
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OH LORD....my eyes, my eyes....I didn't know we had a *Centerfold* section on MoM...ROTFL!!!! These photos Hans, Cheryl and Pam...and just amazingly incredible.
Hey, maybe it will give LM some ideas for a Ramoth/Mnementh or Beauty/? portraits.



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Well, that the way to make offspring, and make sure their characteristic are pasted on.

National Geographic had a TV show about how sharks mated.
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Need more sex in the open? Learn about the birds and the bees (no really, it's birds and bees!).
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GHarris...Oh Lord...LOL...I think maybe I should stick to *People Portraits* and steer clear from the more racy dragon pairing portraits...LOL !!!
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One learns something new every day, Cheryl.

Lady Maelin, oohhh is there a new portrait perhaps? And why not racy portraits of mating dragons? I've had avatars of mating dragons before. It's no different to seeing any other animal do it, even intelligent ones
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I don't think it would be more racy than your Avril portrait.

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Yes but dragon won't have a sheet to cover up the racy bits...ROTFL!!!
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Sheets, they need sheets? A convenient dragon wing would help instead!
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... thereby giving a new meaning to Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"?

This little being aint having sex but it's rather pretty.

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Maybe not, but they do have 2 sets of wings to cover up the racy bits.

And it is up to each individual to determine how bigs those wings need to be to allow flight (especially since a dragon can lift as much as a dragon thinks it can lift).

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