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Libellula depressa - male

Libellula depressa - male
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K200D, Pentax SMC FA 100 F2.8 MACRO
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-16 6:57
Viewed: 3136
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I am sending another shot of this most common dragonfly. I taken him on the bank of pond.
Thank you all for your visit and criticism - this is useful for me. Points (smiling) are not important for me.
Best greetings.


Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Libellula
Species: depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
Czech name: Vážka ploská

The Broad-bodied Chaser is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe and central Asia. It is very distinctive with a very broad flattened abdomen, four wing patches and, in the male, the abdomen becomes pruinose blue.
L. depressa is seen near still-water lakes and ponds, feeding on many types of small insects. They occur in both bare and sunny locations, where it is often the first dragonfly to colonise new habitats such as newly created ponds, and well vegetated ponds. L. depressa are often seen away from water as the adults are very mobile and undergo a period of maturation away from water after emergence. The adults are also migratory.
The flight period is from April to September but are mostly seen in May and June. Their flight is very fast as they dart and dive above the water. They are very territorial and will fight with rival males and any other dragonflies they happen to encounter. They characteristically return to a favoured perch, in the sun. When a female enters a male's territory the male will fly up and grab the female. Mating occurs on the wing and the pair are in tandem for only a brief period, often less than a minute. The pair separate and the female will find a suitable location for ovipositing, usually a stretch of open water with submerged vegetation. The female oviposits in flight, hovering above the water and dipping the tip of her abdomen in. The eggs hatch in 4 or 5 weeks and the larvae take one to two years to develop. The larvae live amongst the aquatic vegetation at the bottom of the pond but not buried in mud like some other species of dragonfly. After emergence the adults move away from water and undergo a period of maturation which lasts 10 to 14 days.
(source: www.wikipedia.com)

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excellent exposure in this macro of depressa male..vivid details and colors
Milos.. Pentax works really well!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-16 7:09]

Hello Milos,
Excellent photo in great sharpness and beautiful bright colours. Good DOF and composition.

Hola MIlos.
Excelente composicion,fantastico DOF y magnifico POV.
Gran trabajo,Saludos y buen fin de semana.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-16 8:48]

Hello Milos.,
this is a perfect capture of this Libellula. The focus is perfect and combined with the point of view, gives us an excellent of detail on the wing venation. Well done!
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-16 9:09]

Hello Milos,
This species is often visible on Tn but yours is done especially, very good soft light, precise sharpness, nice clear BG.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Milos, great macro of fantastic dragonfly with wonderful light on beautiful wings, splendid natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Excellent composition, the green background is the perfect backdrop for the dragonly. Excellent detail. regards yiannis

Again a fantastic photo Milos! Excellent composition and BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness. The DOF is unbelievable.

Ciao Milos. Great POV here and razoer sharp. Wonderful colours and excellent contrast too.


hello Milos
Super sharpness and nice pose of this beauty
great details and beautiful colours with nice light
thanks greeting lou

Milo, this is an awesome shot of this dragonfly. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great weekend, Bill

Fantastic shot indeed Milos Koudelka ! I am impressed with the great clarity under this soft and mysterious light! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hallo Mikou,
a superb macro shot of the Broad-bodied Chaser, outstanding sharpness and amazing details, marvellous colours in a superb composition, very well doen
Best regards

Hello Milos,
This is very nice picture of the dragonfly, excellent details sharpness, great contrast against the background, nicely done and well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Milos,
great photo of this dragonfly. Amazing warm colour. Perfect composition.
Thaks for sharing,

Hi Milos,
Impressvie POV from above and a light level just perfect!
Well done!

Hello Milos,

an very nice close up from this Dragonfly.
Good of sharpness, pov and dof.
Nicely bg.
Fne colors.

Hello Milos,
great capture of this beautiful dragonfly with a well POV and fine sharpness. I especially like the wonderful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-07-17 10:15]

Hello Milos,
fantastic shot with great sharpness and detail, excellent POV and beautiful colors.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-20 11:22]

Hello Milos,
Yes, it may be common but I think it's one of the mopst beautiful of dragonflies! Your capture is excellent showing fantastic details and natural colours against the plain background.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

outstanding shot, congratulations Mikou !

all the best to you,

ciao, tino

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