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Sympetrum fonscolombii

Sympetrum fonscolombii
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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: 2012-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-11 11:40
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Suborder: Anisoptera

Family: Libellulidae

Genus: Sympetrum

Species: S. fonscolombii

The red-veined darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum. It is a common species in southern Europe and from the 1990s onwards has increasingly been found in northwest Europe, including Britain and Ireland. Its name is sometimes spelt fonscolombei instead of fonscolombii but Askew (2004) gives the latter as the correct spelling. There is genetic and behavioural evidence that S. fonscolombii is not closely relate to the other members of the Sympetrum genus and will at some time in the future be removed from this genus. S. fonscolombii is similar to other Sympetrum species but a good view with binoculars should give a positive identification, especially with a male. Males have a red abdomen, redder than many other Sympetrum species. The wings have red veins and the wing bases of the hind-wings are yellow. The pterostigma are pale with a border of black veins and the underside of the eye is blue/grey. The female is similar but the abdomen is yellow, not red, and the wings have yellow veins, not red veins as found in the males. The legs of both sexes are mostly black with some yellow. Immature males are like females but often with more red. Male S. fonscolombii can be mistaken for Crocothemis erythraea as both are very red dragonflies with yellow bases to the wings, red veins and pale pterostigma. However C. erythraea has no black on the legs, a broader body and no black on the head. Also C. erythraea females do not oviposit in tandem. The jizz of these two species is different and with some experience are easy to tell apart. Occurs in much of central and southern Europe including most Mediterranean islands, in Africa, the Middle East and south-western Asia including India, Sri lanka, and Mongolia. In Europe it is resident in the south of its range but in some years it migrates northward and has been found as far north as Belgium, Sweden, Poland and northern England. It is the only libellulid to be found in the Azores and it is also found on the Canary islands and Madeira.
It is found in all sorts of still water but being a migrant it is often found away from water. It has been seen flying over the sea.

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Ciao Roberto
Io con una foto così ci manderei gli auguri a tutti i miei parenti ed amici.
Spettacolare complimenti colori e dettagli super.
Ciao Nico

Hi Roberto,
beautiful and unusual photo. Interesting composition. Nice point od view. Very good depth of field. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Roberto
super good sharpness and nice composition with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Roberto.
Un vero capolavoro,grande composizione, con questi colori tenui ed un’eccellente nitidezza,è veramente bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-11 12:54]

Hello Roberto,
Remarkable photo in spectacular colours and amazing sharpness. Great choice of composition. Nice matching background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-11 13:05]

Hello Roberto.
Excellent sharpness of image shown with a great POV, DOF, BG of the red-veined darter .Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto, favolosa composizione, una delle tue più belle macro, ci hai abbinato anche i colori alla perfezione, da National Geographic, complimentoni, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-11 14:19]

Quasi mi vergogno a dirti che l'avrei scurita e contrastata un pochino in piu' perche' e' un vero gioiello,impressionante sotto ogni termine di valutazione! Buonanotte e complimenti,Luciano

hello Roberto,
what an excellent composition. picture with great sharpness and colour.
best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-11 23:10]

Ciao Roberto,
Splendid lights and colors on this photo of this beautiful Dragonfly, thanks for sharing!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-10-11 23:46]

Una excelene presentación con un formato y composición muy bonitos. Enhorabuena y muchas gracias por compartirla. Saludos.

really an artistic presentation of dragonfly with wonderful background. excellent color tones. tfs.

Bom dia Roberto
How are You? I had little time yesterday but I saw this pic on FB.Very artistic,elegant composition,wonderful natural colours and impressive sharpness on focus.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Um abraço

Hello Roberto,
An excellent macro with fine colors, details & pose. Well composed & presented...MF! Nice work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Hello Roberto,
As usual a remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. This is a nice species of dragonfly with wonderful colors. Nice composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light and best clarity. The background has very soft and warm colors and looks terrific.

Great photo ! Interesting framing, excellent composition, fantastic BG, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

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