OtherPix: 14: Mating

The following photograph was made in Austria in June 2007 and features one of Europe's rarest damselfly species, the Siberian Bluet (Coenagrion hylas). We were just about to make some wonderful photos of this copula when suddenly a second male barged in on the scene and rudely disturbed the peace. As you can see, the intruder is heading straight for the male, trying to throw him off balance and hoping to force him to let go of his female. What this photo demonstrates, again, is how deceiving looks can be: these beautiful, colourful animals that look for all the world as if they wouldn't hurt a fly are in fact extremely competitive and will do almost anything to claim their spot in the future gene pool.

Siberian Bluet (Coenagrion hylas), mating pair

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