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Lovely Dragonfly

Lovely Dragonfly
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Copyright: Sowmya Vallabhajosyula (sowmyav82) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 36] (258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.9, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 10:18
Viewed: 3117
Points: 0
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Taken near Himayat Sagar, Hyderabad

Dragonflies and damselflies are the raptors of the insect world. Voracious hunters as larvae in ponds, rivers and lakes, they sometimes take prey as large as sticklebacks. They continue in the same vein after they have emerged as flying adults, hunting smaller insects on the wing in dashing raids. The larger dragonflies will take prey as big as the damselflies, but they are all absolutely harmless to us - they do not sting or bite in any way, and are actually very easy to handle, perching readily on a finger if trapped in a window.

Dragonflies and damselflies are in the insect order 'odonata', which translates as 'toothed jaws'. They belong to the most primitive group of insects; incredibly, some of their predecessors 300 million years ago reached a wingspan of up to 70cm, and could fly at 30mph! Odonata worldwide are divided into three sub-orders: Dragonflies (Anisoptera), Damselflies (Zygoptera) and a very primitive sub-order (Anisozygoptera) that is now almost extinct.

There are over 5000 species of odonata worldwide.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-02-02 20:41]

Hello Sowmya,
Indeed dragonflies are lovely.
And you have captured it in a lovely pose.
Nice colours.
TFS & Regards,

Hi Sowmya, nice attempt of closeup of a dragon fly. I think at the extreme zoom you have lost sharpness of the subject, which is very important here. Apart from that nice lighting and framing of a dragon fly!

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