Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
This green skimmer dragonfly (orthetrum sabina), with a military-patterned thorax and an artillery-style abdomen or "tail", could almost be a CGI creation from a science fiction movie.
When dragonflies mate, the male uses the clasper on its abdomen tip to grab the back of the female’s head, and the female bends her abdomen towards the male, creating a closed mating wheel formation that some say resembles a heart. Some species fly connected together like this whilst mating. It’s been mating season here for some local species, so we’ve seen a few flying couples lately. For these dragonflies at least, love is, quite literally, in the air.