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The Widow Skimmer

The Widow Skimmer
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Copyright: vipin baliga (vipinbaliga) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nokia N73
Exposure: f/2.8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-31 3:13
Viewed: 3271
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was strolling in the backyard early morning when I found this beautiful Widow Skimmer resting on a leaf...
As always I had to dash into my room and grab my phone...

To my surprise the dragonfly was still on the same leaf and stayed there for almost a minute before flying away from me... I guess I have utilised the opportunity well... :-)

I had to use the Close Up mode which is suitable for objects which are at a distance from 10 to 50cms...

Information On Specimen:

The Widow Skimmer is one of the group of dragonflies known as King Skimmers.

It has a steely blue body area. Wings of both sexes are marked with prominent black basal bands. Adult males develop broad white spots at midwing.
This dragonfly got the "widow" name because the male doesn't stay near the female after she lays the eggs unlike other species.

The nymphs live in the water, molting and growing until they are ready to emerge from the water and then molting a final time to reveal their wings.

Dragonflies are the world's fastest insects and, although estimates of their speed vary wildly, most credible authorities say they are capable of reaching speeds of between 30 and 60 km/h (19 to 38 mph). A study showed that dragonflies can travel as much as 85 miles in one day.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Libellula
Species: L. luctuosa
Binomial name: Libellula luctuosa

Source: Wikipedia

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So interesting colours of this libellula.good picture.Well done.Alin.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-31 3:45]

Hello Vipin,
A striking species of dragon taken from a fine POV with good sharpness, colours and details considering this is a cellphone shot.
Thanks and best regards,

hello Vipin
GREAT composition with very good details
beautiful colours and good light
greeting lou

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-09-01 2:02]

Nicely captured image of this beautiful Widow Skimmer
The patterns certainly show up well. Very clear to see, well done

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