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Sympetrum sanguineum.

Sympetrum sanguineum.
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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): libellules demoiselle/dragonfly damselfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-03 3:24
Viewed: 3265
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae.
The Ruddy Darter attains a wingspan of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings. The abdomen widens for the final third of its length and shows a marked pinched section where it joins the thorax.

The all-black legs of the Ruddy Darter distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum), both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.
The Ruddy Darter can be found between the months of July and November. Mating takes place on the wing, with the coupled pair performing a dipping flight over the water. The female jettisons her fertilised eggs at the water surface by alternating movements of the abdomen. The male will hover nearby during this period and protect the female by driving off any approaching males.

The larvae spend the year beneath the water surface before emerging and pupating into adults.

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Ciao Nikos, great detail of wonderful dragonfly with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-03 3:33]

Hi Nikos,
Έκτακτη μακροοικονομική. Splendid επιτευχθεί.
Έκτακτα χρώμα και τη σαφήνεια.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-03 3:45]

A lovely capture of Sympetrum sanguineum.
DetailS, colors and BG wonderful.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-03 4:36]

Hi Nikos,fantastic! I talk yesterday whit my friend "cobra112" about your pics and we are falling in love of your gallery.Never seen brilliant pics like yours.this is another impresive example!! My great great compliments,you must to print a book! Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-03 4:49]

Very good macro, great colors and details!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-03 5:11]

Slav Nīkos,
This is a wonderful macro shot with excellent sharpness colors and nice blurry BG.TFS.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-09-03 5:32]

Hi Nikos , great macro here , what a beauty dragonfly , looks very similar to what is called a meadowhawk here in Canada. you have very nice color , detail and depth of field in this one , I like the tight crop. TFS

Ciao Nikos. My compliments for perfect details and perfect natural colours. Magnificent light. This is a super macro shot!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-03 6:02]

I like the fiery colors here and good details. I wonder why this one holding its forelegs close to its body, fine macro work. tfs.

Hi Nikos,

an good macro shot with good pov and dof.Fine natural colours and exellent details.


Hello Nikos, beautiful shot of this red dragonfly with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-03 8:20]

Hello Nikos,
A superb close capture of the front half of S. sanguineum taken from a fine lateral POV that shows the head, thorax and legs with perfect sharpness, colours and lighting.
Very well done!
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Nikos!
Great portrait of dragonfly! This male of Sympetrum sanguineum looks amazing, so sharp and colourful. Very good work!
TFS and best regards,

Really beautiful colors and interesting shot. I like this composition and the definition of this photo is excellent!
Good job! Carme

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-03 10:46]

Hello Nikos,
Exceptional photo. A macro in great sharp details. Well saturated colours. Excellent POV, composition and OOF BG.

hello Nikos!
one of my favorite... with its bright red color and the classic pose of equilibrist
great portrait..well cropped

ciao sERGIO

Geia sou Niko,
Fantastic close-up, with razor-sharp details, nice red colors and very good blurred green background. A great shot! Xairetw,

hello Nikos
great composition with beautiful colours
and good sharpness
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Nikos
wunderful close-up of this Ruddy Darter, the details on his body really splendid
i like also the superb colors, his pose and the plain BG
Have a great WE

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-06 8:11]

Hello NIkos,
A very beautiful and sharp macro showing S. Sanguineum in a fine pose against a neutral background . Excellent work!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-06 10:06]

Hello Nikos,

Excellent shot of this sempetrum! Congratulation, it's a very good work!


Excellent shot of this insect. The clarity of the abdomen, head and legs is outstanding,

This is a great capture,fantastic macro.Well done.Regards.Alin.

Hello Nikos
this is a simply beautiful capture of the Darter, the colors are just superb, nicely detailed and sharp
Best wishes

Stunning photograph!

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