Friday, August 10, 2007

After mating

Tandem position is the male seizure of the female head (dragonflies) or prothorax (damselflies). The male and female will be in tandem for a while, from seconds to minutes. They may fly in tandem or find a suitable place to settle.

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After the copulation the couple may separate or remain in tandem, depends on species.
A long period of Tandem Position may be occurred after copulation. The couple may be at rest or in flight and there is no genital contact. The reason could be the male waiting for the female for the readiness of oviposition. By holding the female he can make sure she does not mate with other male before laying eggs.

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