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Ditch Jewel (Male)

Ditch Jewel (Male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/223 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 7:30
Viewed: 3161
Points: 38
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Ditch Jewel (Brachythemis contaminata)
Size: Male: Abdomen: 18-21mm, Hind wing: 20-23mm. Female: Abdomen: 18-20mm, Hind wing: 22-25mm.
Description: Male: Face is olivaceous. Eyes: Olivaceous brown above bluish grey below. Thorax: Olivaceous brown to reddish brown above with two reddish brown lateral
stripes. Legs: Dark brown in colour.
Wings: Transparent with reddish venation. A broad bright orange patch extending from wing base to wing spot is present in fore and hind wings. Wing spot: Rusty. Abdomen: Bright red. Female: Face is yellowish white. Eyes: Pale brown above and bluish grey below. Thorax: Pale greenish-yellow, with a narrow brown middorsal stripe. A dark brown lateral stripe is also present.
Legs: Similar to that of the males. Wings: Transparent. The bright orange wing patches of males absent. The hindwing tinted with yellow at the base. Wing spot: Rusty. Abdomen: Pale olivaceous-brown with a black middorsal stripe. In segments 2-6 a subdorsal brown stripe borders the middorsal stripe, enclosing a yellow
area. Habits and habitat: A dragonfly of polluted waters. This species is very common along sewage canals, tanks, ponds and ditches. Sometimes huge congregations (>1000) gather in sewage treatment ponds. Flies very close to the ground and perches on aquatic weeds. Breeding: Breeds in ponds, marshes and tanks. Flight season: Throughout the year. Distribution: Widely distributed in the plains of Oriental region.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Brachythemis
Species: contaminata

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Hello Haraprasan,

Excellent shot of this beautiful dragonfly. Composition, DOF and sharpness are great. Beautiful detail. The colours of the abdomen and the wings are wonderful.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-12 7:39]

Hi Haraprasan,
i've never seen one of these beofre, what a beautiful looking Dragonfly. Your DOF IS narrow but very well placed and the exposure and detail are first class, well done.

I see silica and/or sand...and you mention they like being near water so I wonder if you are close some way to a beach. this sand gives the image an almost symbolic etheral quality. The defining boundaries between all things are blurred, as in fuzzy logic which is a math I have studied a bit and enjoy seeing in imagery.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-12 8:19]

Hello Hara,
Fine capture of a Ditch Jewel taken from a nice frontal POV that shows the raised abdomen in hot weather position. Nice PP work to confine the sharpening thatmakes it show up well.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-12 9:04]

Hola Haraprasan,
buena macro y color,
interesante pov y detalles...
saludos amigo.

Hola Haraprasan, una toma muy nitida con buen color y luz. Un saludo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-12 10:09]

Hi Haraprasan,

An amazing POV showing off this dragonfly wonderfully. Colors are magnificent! Excellent details of the entire insect. I love the orange tips on the golden wings.


Hello Prasan,
How are you!
delighted to see a beautiful posting of Ditch Jewel from you!
the colour on the Dfly is really beautiful with good sharpness and wonderful details
good pose of it too
well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-12 11:37]

Hi My friend. You have captured a fine close up of this golden coloured dragonfly. with good detail . A good top POV. well done TFS.

Hi friend Haraprasan,
Excewlent capture of this interesting coloured dragonfly species which it is new for me. Great composition my friend! TFS.


Excellent shot, HP.Very sharp with great detail.

Hello Hara,
beautiful shot of dragonfly,lovely colours,wonderful details and great sharpness.
well done.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-13 1:00]

Hi HP,
A true jewel of the ditch arent they?!
I like the way you ahve got the details on it and the colours are quite natural with clarity and sharpness.This is abit of camouflage as well I guess, as one would have ahd to look carefully to see it in that kind of a location where the sand itself has tinges of the jewel's colours.Well done.
TFS & Cheers

P.S:Just the day you posted after a long break, in the morning i had sent you a message wondering about your whereabouts:)

Hi Haraprasan, wonderful dragonfly with fine details and great sharpness, splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-14 0:26]

Hi Haraprasan.
What a cute creature you managed to catch. Very nice diagonal composition. Excellent sharpness and details of the main objects. Colours are natural and exposure is spot on. My best regards and compliments.

Hi Haraprasan wonderful macro capture of this odonat species with excellent details. TFS. Regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-14 9:24]

Hello HP, Will be back

Hello again Haraprasan, anather perfect macro shot. TFS. Greetings,

Good top shot comp and I like the tail up classic pose HP.
Very good detail, DOF, colors, and well exposed also mf,
Well done & TFS!

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