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Common darter with morning dew drops

Common darter with morning dew drops
Photo Information
Copyright: Ton Valk (digiton) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 3 N: 106] (1310)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: KonicaMinolta Dynax7D, Konika Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 D Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-14 7:39
Viewed: 2880
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Darter Dragonfly is one of the shorter species of dragonfly found in the British Isles. They can be seen between mid June and October, often basking on a warm surface, as in the picture above. This is a female which has a yellow-brown abdomen and is fairly uniform in girth along its length; the male has a red abdomen with a narrowing in the middle like the shape of a dart, which gives this group their name - Darter. The wingspan is about 55mm.
The adults feed on smaller insects such as the midges which annoy us gardeners as we do our work.

They breed in still ponds and sheltered lakes. After the male has attached itself to the female they mate on a perch and remain conjoined as they fly off and hover over the water. The male dips down to allow the female to deposit the eggs below the surface. The larvae live around the marginal vegetation feeding on tiny water creatures and remain in the water for a year.

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Hi Ton,
Excellent macro! My last post was a dew covered dragon. Perfect composition and framing here. Nice soft light and you really brought out some outstanding detail. Great camera work1

Very unusual shot of a dragonfly with the dew drops. Light and sharpness of thid photo are great.


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