Picture 5 : The second joining for this male Orthetrum testaceum is only 1 minute in the air while the first joining (Picture 1) on land is 5 minutes. Perhaps he could not concentrate too long for having the first female to take care.
Now two female are ovipositing and he has two females to protect from several males looking fiercely for a chance.
Picture 3 : At 5:53PM, after about 5 minutes of joining, the two break apart. The female immediately proceed to the water without taking a short rest like other species.
While the female ovipositing, this male maintain about 6 inches above the female. Normally a male maintain 1 or 2 meters near by. This unusual near distance is immediately understood when seeing few other equally aggressive males are just few meters away. Every few seconds, a nearby male would dart into the ovipositing female and this male would fight him off.
Picture 6 : At 5:55PM The first female completed her oviposting and fly off and disappeared into near by bush leaving this second female continue ovipositing.
This male Orthetrum testaceum testaceum (Burmeister, 1839) continue to maintain an unusual close distance of 6 inches above this second female to guard her from a few other males near.
A moment later this second female completed ovipositing and flew off into the bush leaving the male alone to guard his territory. And also leaving me to ponder for the rest of the night on these insects ---- why this young male has the chances of 2 while the other equally young and strong have the chance of 0 ?
Picture 4 : At 5:54PM I learn some things new about Orthetrum testaceum testaceum (Burmeister, 1839).
A second female appeared at no where and by the time I hear a ‘Clippppp’ sound, the male is already joining with this second female. But this time instead of finding a plant on fround to hold on to, this pair prefere to copulate in the air………..just few inches above the first ovipositing female. He maintain a close distance to the first female while carrying out 2nd duty on the second female.