But sometimes, mistakes do occur. On a recent sunny morning in Singapore Botanic Gardens, a whole lot of dragonflies were active. There was about six species present and the area was buzzing. It seemed like an orgy was taking place as males grasped females for copulation and inseminated females were ovipositing. The males were also fighting each other for the females. Suddenly a tandem pair crashed onto a plant. A male Neurothemis fluctuans had grasped a female Trithemis aurora. The pair made several attempts to fly off but failed.
Both Neurothemis fluctuans and Trithemis aurora are very common species here. Both species are sexually dimorphic. Mature N. fluctuans males are reddish while the females are light brownish. For T. aurora, mature males are pink while females are yellowish.
Corbet, P. S. & S. J. Brooks, 2008. Dragonflies. HarperCollins Publishers, London, UK.