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Pantala flavescens

Pantala flavescens
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-08-10 5:57
Viewed: 1245
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this dragonfly for the first time yesterday evening. The setting sun was obliterated by clouds and the light was rather low.
I would suggest you read the 'Distribution & Flight' segment of the note I've borrowed from Wikipedia. It is a well documented write-up on this rather different species.

Pantala flavescens, the globe skimmer or wandering glider, is a wide-ranging dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. This species and Pantala hymenaea, the "spot-winged glider", are the only members of the genus Pantala from the subfamily Pantalinae. It was first described by Fabricius in 1798. It is considered to be the most widespread dragonfly on the planet.

Distribution and Flight

The globe skimmer, as its name suggests, has a very wide distribution area, between about the 40th parallels of latitude or within the 20 C isotherm (areas of the world where the annual mean temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius). In Europe there are only occasional sightings of the species, with serious evidence to date mainly from the Aegean Sea and the adjacent mainland. All globe skimmer records from England or France are of extremely doubtful value and may arise from co-importation with shipments of bananas. An explanation for the scarcity in Europe of this otherwise common species is the barrier effect of the Sahara which generates unfavourable winds, such as the Sirocco, whose dryness makes dragonfly passage almost impossible.

Their arrival in the subtropics and tropics coincides with the Intertropical Convergence Zone. More evidence of their preference for moist winds is that the dragonfly migrates to Southeast India's Tamil Nadu only after the second monsoon which brings rain to that region. In the rest of India, however, it arrives with the first rain-making monsoon. Observations and stable isotope evidence suggests that they migrate from India or beyond to Africa across the Arabian Sea.

It is the highest-flying dragonfly, recorded at 6,200 m in the Himalayas. It was also first dragonfly species that settled on Bikini Atoll after the nuclear tests there. Furthermore, it is the only Odonata on Easter Island. These individuals seem to be a small gene pool, derived from the continental populations, which is slowly creating a new type by genetic drift. In colder areas like South Australia and Northern Canada, the species cannot overwinter and must therefore be replaced by new migrants each year.


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Ciao Ram, great macro of beautiful dragonfly with fantastic wings, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-10 9:47]

Hello Ram,
This is a very good shot of the dragonfly. Fine detail and colour with a nice POV and DOF. Very well done. Regards Sigi

Hello Ram,
Excellent composition and very good focus. Nice capture of a interesting specie of dragonfly.

Hello Ram,
A great shot of this very pretty Wandering Glider dragonfly. I read your notes and they are quite interesting, especially considering this is the highest recorded flying dragonfly at 6,200m. I checked my guide book and we have them here in Ohio, "how neat is that". Sharply focused and displaying nice detail. I like the framing and you have obtained good DOF. Exposure looks just right. Well done!!
The only thing I question is there seems to be an overall blue tint visible. I especially noticed this in the last two segments of it's body where the black markings appear a deep purplish. This is only my observation and I could be totally wrong.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-08-10 23:41]

Hello Ram,
nice capture pantala species,thanks and regards..

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-10 23:57]

hi Ram,
A beauty here; .. like translucent wings with fine detail; .. effectively posed and exposed; .. well done again mate

nuri :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-11 11:51]

Hi Ram,beautiful POV from the top and the usual excellent quality,a great capture of this new dragonfly,i like a lot the bright colors and the great contrast with the dark background.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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