12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

While a female of Damselfly lays eggs the male keeps other potential mates away by remaining claspers (cerci), located on the male’s abdomen, have a shape unique to each species of Damselfly. By oviposition underwater, females decrease the risk that their eggs become exposed.

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Date Taken: 04.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Lakhimpur Kheri, India
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Satpal Singh