The Mating Game

Challenge #35 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In the world of small creatures, show us two insects [perhaps more], spiders, (or other small arthropod creatures) as mating couples. They should be outside, on flowers, leaves, or trees, NOT under studio lights. Macro shots welcome. SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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Aphids on underside of leaf. Photo rotated for effect. After mating once, the female aphid will give birth to pregnant daughters and will not need to mate again. I had never before, or since, seen a male aphid.
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Submitted: Monday, 25th February, 2013 15:40 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 16th June, 2009
Focal length: 100 mm
Shutter speed: 1/180 sec
Aperture: F16
ISO: 100
Notes: Flash used.
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