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A Cloud of Primal Instinct
Photograph by József L. Szentpéteri

Squadrons of mature blue-winged males skim over the river's surface seeking females. Competition is furious. Up to 20 or 30 males may vie for a single female, and several may attempt to mate with her at one time. Males will even wait atop a young female that's still inside her molting skin, eager for her to emerge. In the absence of available females, males have been seen attempting to mate with one another.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS IV
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 400mm f/4
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light and flash



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