There isn't yet much mention of the invertebrates on this site, but summer is the perfect time to document them. Some of the most photogenic are the several species of damselfly and dragon fly which hover around the pond and Edgbaston Pool, where these images were taken.
This first image shows the male (blue) grasping the female (green) behind the head, which takes place for a protracted period of time during their mating.
As well as a similar grasping pose from another pair below, the third picture shows the female curving her own body forward to receive the male's sperm - another position which can last some time! The distinctive 'heart' shape can clearly be seen.
Some idea of the 'mating in action' can be seen in the video below (far from a close-up clip, though it depicts the process). These videos and images were all taken on 2013.7.30, in the middle of the summer break from school; next year's projects will aim to capture better video footage, and document the species found and their areas of breeding, as well as the egg-laying part of the reproductive process.