Movie 1

The video shows a dead female dragonfly of a closely related species (S. sanguineum). The insect body is glued to a stick which is positioned such that the insect is always in the focus of the camera. A male dragonfly approaches the female and trying to grip it by the head. Multiple contacts can be observed between the male body and female wings during this process.

The probability of wing damage in the dragonfly Sympetrum vulgatum (Anisoptera: Libellulidae): a field study

Hamed Rajabi, Veronica Schroeter, Shahab Eshghi, and Stanislav N. Gorb

Biology Open 2017. 6:1290-1293; doi: 10.1242/bio.027078