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Sympetrum striolatum

Sympetrum striolatum
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-11 0:58
Viewed: 2189
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Suborder: Anisoptera

Family: Libellulidae

Genus: Sympetrum

Species: S. striolatum

The Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe, occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, though with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes. In the south of its range adults are on the wing all year round. Sympetrum species are not easy to tell apart and in most areas more than one Sympetrum species will occur. Females and Teneral individuals have light yellow thorax and abdomen. Males turn red as they mature. Females darken with age, becoming a dark chocolate brown, and sometimes develop a blue colouration to the bottom of the abdomen. The wings also develop a brown tinge with age. In all cases the legs have a cream or yellow stripe on a black background - this is a diagnostic feature of this species. Adults can be seen on the wing all year round in southern Europe but in northern regions they occur from June to November. This small Dragonfly is seen in a wide variety of habitats, including lakes, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers. They are ambush predators, waiting on a prominent perch - such as a leaf or the top of a gate, until prey fly past, whereupon they will fly after it. They are territorial on breeding waters, often attempting to chase much bigger Dragonflies away such as Southern Hawkers. This habit of repeatedly returning to a sunny spot allows you to easily predict where they are going to land, which is why it is one of the easiest dragonflies to photograph. In suitable hunting areas away from water, however, they are not territorial: large numbers may assemble - groups of several hundred in a single field have been recorded - and lines of insects can be seen along the top of field gates. Eggs are not laid, but broadcast from the air: the male holds the female in tandem and swings her down and forward over water at a height of around 40cm. At the furthest point of the arc the female releases some of her eggs to fall on the water. This is one of the most abundant dragonflies in Europe, and populations show no evidence of decline.

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good closeup. wonderful background. nicely taken in good lighting. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-11 1:18]

Hello Roberto,
Beautiful close photo of this Common Darter in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Fine blurred BG. A pity that there's another insect coming from below.

Splendida foto.
Buona domenica

Bellissima! Dettagli impressionanti, e posizione perfetta! ma niente a che vedere con la "strana" M. phoebe che hai messo su FB......

Good capture of the Common Darter, Roberto.
You have used your macro lens to great effect. The details on the entire dragonfly are marvellous.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Roberto,
incredible photo. Great sharpness on the whole dragonfly. Amazing colours and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Roberto,
Excellent close-up of this dragonfly, very nice colours, great details sharpness against a very nice background, good framing and well presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Ciao Roberto,
Grande! ... Tutta l'arte con la luce perfetta e sfondo degno di un concorso! ... Buon lavoro amico!
Saluti, grazie per la condivsione, la settimana felice per voi.

hello Roberto
great composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Roberto,
A beautiful capture of this nice looking darter. Very well composed with sharp details and a nice POV with every bit in focus.

Another great macro Roberto! For one more time: Very good POV, excellent composition, beautiful BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-11 8:59]

Ciao Roberto,perfetta presa laterale con la consueta qualita',vado di corsa che mio fratello e' in ferie..ehehe...complimenti e buona serata! Luciano

Hello Robero,
beautifull capture from an excellent POV, great colors and sharpness, nice BG too, well done,
TFS, have a nice evening,

Hello Roberto,
great capture of this Common Darter with a well chosen POV and good sharpness. Wonderfully natural colours and a nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

tocca a loro,Roberto
ormai l'autunno mostra i primi segnali e puntualmente questa specie si ripresenta
ottimo il dettaglio di questa presa lineare

Hello Roberto,
Exceptional capture as always. Fantastic shot.
Very nice details, colors and perfect focus.
The composition is great.
I like the nice natural colors and splendid clarity of the image.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-09-11 11:58]

excellent macro work!

Hi Roberto
Nice POV, natural colors, nicely blured background, and good sharpness. Very nice shot
Best wishes

Ciao Roberto, tu le libellule le ipnotizzi, io quelle rare che si trovano dalle nostre parti non stanno ferme un minuto, gran bella macro, magnifici colori, splendido sfondo omogeneo e ottima nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-11 14:04]

Bonjour Roberto,
Encore et toujours de trčs belles compositions.

Ciao Roberto,
perfetta macro di femmina di Sympetrum striolatum, una specie che di solito fotografavo con grande frequenza, ma che quest'anno ho fotografato in poche occasioni, ottima sotto tutti gli aspetti
Grazie e complimenti
Buona settimana
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Roberto, altro spettacolo di limpidezza e di dettagli per questo striolatum. Un'altra grande immagine. In caro saluto, Paolo

bella , molto bella, a differenza della mia ha piu- luce, la tua ha meno contrasto, bella anche la scelta della compo,

complimenti Roberto!

un saluto,



e se hai voglia, puoi dare un-occhiata sul mio stream su flickr,

Luz, enfoque y colores muy conseguidos, así como el fondo y el formato.
Saludos Roberto: J. Ignasi.

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