Wednesday, December 13, 2006

December insects in Austin

It was another 70° day in Austin, and it brought out some butterflies and a few dragonflies. The dragonflies were taking the opportunity to mate. Dragonfly sex is weird (though perhaps no weirder than anyone else's). The male clasps the female behind the head with hooks at the tip of his abdomen, and the female reaches up with the tip of her abdomen, where she is keeping her eggs, and fertilizes the eggs at the male sex organs at the bottom of his thorax.

Variegated meadowhawks mating
Variegated meadowhawks mating

And here is a view of a common buckeye butterfly, active on a warm December day...
Buckeye butterfly on December 13 in Austin

...and here's another
Another view of a December buckeye

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