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jewels in dung
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 11:52
Viewed: 4103
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum, is a European dragonfly.

Uncommon, confined to base-rich loughs in central and western Ireland. The flight period extends from late May to August. The Black-tailed Skimmer is especially characteristic of the eastern Burren and Shannon Loughs and the limestone lakes of Galway and Sligo. Adults prefer to perch on bare ground and rocks.

Males may be confused with the Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva however the latter has a dark patch at the base of the wings and has not been recorded in Ireland since the 19th Century.


* Mature males have a blue abdomen with a black tip.
* Females have a yellowish abdomen with two longitudinal black lines on the dorsal surface.
* Clear wings with dark pterostigma.
* Yellow spots on sides of abdomen.

The male has a blue abdomen with a black tip and transparent wings, and the female has a yellowish brown body with black zigzag marks along the abdomen and the transparent wings.

This species has expanded its range, assisted by the creation of gravel pits which give it the extensive open unvegetated areas it prefers. It was first recorded in Great Britain in Essex in 1934.


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bonjour catalin
c'est un Broad-bodied Chaser mÔle.

Very nice Photo Catalin, you are correct it is Orthetrum Cancellatum or commonly known as a Male Black-tailed Skimmer

Hi Catalin,
I love these blue dragons so much - we also have them here in Germany in these months, always not far away from water.
And they are shy, not easy to catch.
Thanks for yours, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-06-22 18:04]

Hello Catalin,
An interesting composition I must say :-) Good details and light - unusual background.
All the best,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-23 13:23]

Catalin, The PoV is very nice and interesting. The composition is good. Ganesh

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