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Sympetrum sanguineum male

Sympetrum sanguineum male
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-19 1:58
Viewed: 2945
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Next in my series of Sympetrum species!

Male sympetrum sanguineum / Ruddy Darter / Bloedrode heidelibel / Blutrote Heidelibelle / Sympétrum sanguin.

Widespread and locally common in suitable sites. Adults can be seen between mid June and September. The Ruddy Darter is found in fens, cutover bogs and small lakes including turloughs. There is some evidence for immigration.

This species is most likely to be confused with the Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombei and the Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum however the latter is more orange-red and has a straight sided abdomen and yellow stripes on the legs. Female Ruddy Darters are similar to female Black Darters Sympetrum danae however in the former there is no black triangular marking on the thorax.

-mature males have noticeably waisted blood-red abdomen
-females dull yellow brown
-legs all black in both sexes


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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-19 2:04]

Impressively sharp and good composition. I also like very well the calm background.

Lovely shot, in particular I like the way you controlled the DOF with the macro lens, keeping the subject on one plain. My only suggestion would be to photoshop out the light streak in the background. I find it tends to pull the the eye away from the main subject.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-19 13:44]

Hello Harm,
Wonderful shot!
Excellent sharpness and nice colors!

Gran elegancia por el encuadre, enfoque , formas y colores. Excelente luz y fondo muy apropiado.

Saludos Harm

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