The journal for butterfly, moth, and dragonfly enthusiasts.
The aim of the British Dragonfly Society is to promote and encourage the study and conservation of dragonflies and their natural habitats, especially in the United Kingdom.
After copulation the males of some species of dragonflies (and other insect species), accompanies the female whilst she is ovipositing (laying eggs). This behaviour is termed 'guarding' and can take two forms:
1) Contact guarding where the male is in tandem with the female. 2) Non contact guarding, where the male either settles or hovers above or near by the female.
In some cases contacting guarding precedes non contact guarding.1
This sequence of a pair of Ruddy Darters (Sympetrum sanguineum) shows both forms of guarding.
Dragonflies and Damselflies.
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Damselflies can be differentiated from dragonflies in that at rest most of them hold their wing along the length of their bodies. They tend to be weaker flies than Dragonflies and their eyes are separated.