DRAMATIC: The harsh law of nature - CANNIBALISM AMONG DRAGONFLIES - Anax parthenope eating another Anax parthenope

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Dear friends, I think this is not the after mating ritual. The after mating ritual with the female that eats the male is typical of the Mantis religiosa and not of dragonflies and damselflies. It is rather a rare form of cannibalism inside the same specie, it is an unusual event between dragonflies, but that ends in this way after the clash between males. I was present during one of these clashes and I saw the epilogue documented by my photo. I went into a pond with the intention of photographing frogs, but I was intrigued by these dragonflies (Anax Parthenope), which often clashed in the air. During one of these fights I saw something fall to the ground and one of the contenders dragonflies fly away with something between their paws. I followed until it rested on an herb of the pond and I realized that he had the headless body of another Anax Parthenope, body that then he started to eat as documented by the photo. I then realized that what I saw before was the victim's head chopped off during the fight. I returned again several times to this pond, I witnessed these fights in the air again, but without going to this tragic end.

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Fred Quader on September 1, 2012

Veery Good!


♥ Kama ♥ - IT IS UNB… on October 21, 2012

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alberto mayer on November 1, 2012

Ottima... e che tempismo perfetto ;) L+F ciao

Ali Memari on November 29, 2012

Excellent macro.Very well done.



lduran on January 15, 2013

excelente trabajo, luis.

♥ Kama ♥ - IT IS UNB… on January 20, 2013

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Ali Memari


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jacot69 on February 7, 2013

very good macro!!!!!!

♥ Kama ♥ - IT IS UNB… on May 11, 2013

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Bassam Jayousi on September 13, 2013

Excellent shot! Like

Greetings and best wishes, Bassam

♥ Kama ♥ - IT IS UNB… on September 29, 2013

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pere oliver on January 23, 2014

hola buena iamgen captada like saludos Pedro

♥ Kama ♥ - IT IS UNB… on January 31, 2014

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Peter Schmitz on September 6, 2014

YSL !!! Herzliche Grüße Peter

♥ Kama ♥ - IT IS UNB… on December 26, 2014

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Krystyna Winiarska on November 30

Like + F Pozdrawiam :)

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Eduardo Ortin yesterday

Genial.L+F.Saludos de Eduardo.

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