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Bluets

These are definitely mating bluets. The top one is the male, the whiter one is the female. He grabs her and then places his sperm up where you see her tail now is. After she is fertilized, he holds onto her for awhile, and he may hold onto her until she is ready to lay her eggs, to prevent other males from trying to remove his sperm and deposit their own. Once she makes the decision, they go into this position. She’ll eventually lay her eggs in the scummy pond water, where the thick algae will protect the eggs and the young naiads. Note that a male damselfly or dragonfly’s pincers will only fit with members of his own species.

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