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The Wheel Position (!)

The Wheel Position (!)
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mating, Insect Mating, Mating [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-11 15:40
Viewed: 5943
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Damselfly is an insect in the Order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact their wings are held along the body when at rest. They are also usually smaller, and weaker fliers than dragonflies, and the eyes are separated.

Dragonflies and Damselflies are unique among insects in that they mate in a circular or "wheel position." The male dragonfly transfers sperm from its primary set of genitalia at the tip of its abdomen to the secondary set at the base of its abdomen. When the male finds a female it grasps it by the top of its head. The female then reaches the tip of her abdomen around to male's penis. Sperm is transferred to the female's ovipositor and the eggs are fertilized.


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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-07-11 16:13]

Belle prise Shir, L'ensemble de l'image est joli. Par contre, je pense que les insectes ne sont pas complétement au focus. C'est mon avis, tout simplement. Merci pour l'image

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-30 4:27]

What a superb couple in love that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are grat ! Thanks for sharing Shir.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-24 4:35]

Very good capture!
A Nature's momment to continue the specie!
Well done!
5* photo!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-10-17 16:37]

Lovely composition of this loving moment,
good work Shir :D
Vishal Sabharwal

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