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Granite Ghost

Granite Ghost
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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: 2017-02-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cyber shot HX50V
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-02-13 0:54
Viewed: 1025
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First dragonfly of the year for me. It likes to rest on hard surfaces; that's why the name 'Granite Ghost'. The mid-day sun was a bit harsh today when I took this shot.

Bradinopyga geminata is a species of dragonfly in the family Libellulidae known commonly as the granite ghost. It is native to India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, where it is a common and widespread species.

Adults occupy habitat near water bodies, such as pools, irrigation channels, wells, and containers with standing water. They have a marbled gray cryptic coloration that allows them to blend into the background when they alight on rocks.

The species has been studied as a predator of the disease-carrying yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). The larvae of the dragonfly consume the larvae of the mosquito in the standing-water habitat types that both occupy.


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  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-02-13 3:49]

Hello Ram,
Great shot of this beautiful dragonfly. I have never seen one with this coloration and unique markings. Super sharp focus showing excellent detail. Exposure looks perfect and you have obtained plenty of depth of field. It really does blend in quite nicely with its surroundings.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-02-15 14:26]

Hi Ram,the springtime is back early in your country and there are some dragonflies as i can see...the first capture is excellent,a difficult background but still a perfect and sharp result. Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

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