It’s been a truly amazing week! Simon and I have been hard at work completing our PADI Open Water Diver courses. Wednesday saw us at Wraysbury Diving Lake, dropping to depths of around eleven metres, to perform particular skills underwater and enjoy a bit of exploration around some of the sunken objects that can be found at this popular dive centre. As a trainee, I couldn’t take my camera down with me but there was plenty to see around the lakeside too! These mating damselflies were perfectly poised to capture the moment that the female (below) accepts the sperm from the male (above), by looping the end of her abdomen upwards, while he grasps her behind the thorax with the terminal appendages of his abdomen. Together they form a heart shape with their slender bodies. This image of love is my entry for this week’s Wex Mondays challenge.
When butterflies mate they create a beautiful symmetry, a reflection of each other. I thought I’d share the love with you all for Valentines Day! In many cultures throughout the world butterflies symbolise the soul. Perhaps together they are truly soulmates. In Chinese culture and mythology, two butterflies flying together symbolise love. A male butterfly flutters in the air behind a potential mate, wafting his pheromones over her. She can tell whether he is her soulmate (perfect genetic match) from the scent and taste of these pheromones.