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Broad-bodied Chaser (Young female)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Young female)
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Odonata [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-26 1:48
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Libellula depressa

Last picture of this series (for the moment :-) ). Once you have begon to take picture of odonata, you get addicted :-) !

This one was almost ready to fly.

Information from the BRC site (www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/facts.htm)


The Broad-bodied Chaser tends to be found by ponds and shallow lake margins. They are rarely found in rivers and canals.

Life cycle

Mating is very brief and usually takes place in the air, lasting only a few seconds. The female will then lay her eggs by dabbing the tip of her abdomen at the surface of the water, while the male guards her by hovering close by. The eggs hatch after a couple of weeks and the dull brown, hairy larva (or nymph) will live underwater for 1-3 years. When fully grown, the larva will climb out of the water onto a leaf or twig and the beautiful winged adult will emerge from the dull larval case. As adults, they only live for about a month, at most.

Detail of the case and the head of the dragonfly in the WS. This time the flash was used.

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Wowwww.. Marie
Superb macro capture and great composition! Also great document for this butterfly my friend! TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-26 1:52]

Hi Marie. You have captured a nice moment in time with this female just left the larval case. good colours and detail.she looks as if she is pumping up her wings. well done TFs.

Well done, Marie.
Very educational content. Well photographed.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-26 1:57]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Il me semble que ces libellules sont partout ,sauf chez nous. Et pourtant normalement il y en a aussi chez nous. Image très intéressante Les couleurs sont très belles, le gris et le jaune se marie si bien. Beau document.
Bonne journée

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-26 2:03]

Hi Marie,
Beautiful capture.POV,details,moment you caught and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Marie,
My neighbor today. A superb capture of this beautiful young chaser. Very good details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-26 3:05]

Hallo Marie Christine,
Een indrukwekkende serie foto's met insecten heb je inmiddels opgebouwd. Hoewel mijn interesse meer uitgaat naar vogels, open ik toch steeds jouw foto's.
Ook deze is weer prachtig. Mooie kleuren, goede scherpte en compositie.

bonjour marie christine
je suis d'accord avec toi,les libellules et autres demoiselles sont des sujets extras grace a leur couleurs et aussi comportement.
c'est un belle chance que tu a eu de trouver celle-ci a peine sortie de sa mue.

Hoi Marie,

Nu weet ik wat het is. Ik ben namelijk zaterdag een cocon tegengekomen en met mijn erg beperkte insecten kennis moest ik gokker wat het was. Deze foto verklaart alles.
De foto is super qua scherpte en kleur. De schertpe diepte is niet helemaal super, maar geen mens die daar over valt.

zeer speciale foto Marie,
dit heb ik zelf niet eerder gezien. prachtige capture, goede foto bedankt. prettige dag verder.
groet Jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-26 4:24]

Hello Mariki,
Excellent capture of a female L. depressa hanging on to her exuvia while drying out.
Nice sharpness and POV.
Nice to see the exuvia in detail too!
TFS this interesting image,

Hello Marie,
Great capture of a brief moment in time. Excellent macro with sharpness, POV and exposure being spot on. Good use of flash for highlight on the Chaser's torso. Nicely Done! TFS Thomas

A very timely shot, Marie. It is the record of a crucial moment when the young dragonfly emerges out of the chrysalis and looks so tender and fresh.
The image is very sharp and colourful.
I see you have a spate of these Chasers around you.
TFS and regards.

very nice
thank you

Hallo Marie,

Zit ik zoveel in de natuur maar dit heb ik nog niet mogen aanschouwen.
Goede scherpe macro met veel detailering.
Mooi educatief vastgelegd.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-26 10:33]

Hola marie, excelente fotografia, como toda la serie, muy bien documentada. Gracias por compartir. Un saludo

Splendido momento di cattura, eccellente POV, molto bella la composizione, ottima nitidezza, belli i colori. Eccellente anche l'immagine in WS. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

A perfect moment captured expertly on the life history of this d.fly Marie, almost a miracle, seeing the size of the chrysalis exuvium just abandoned. You've framed a good educational content here my friend!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-26 12:56]

Bonsoir Marie Christine
Très belle prise de cette mue, un instant rare, merci pour le partage et bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hello Marie,
Very fine macro indeed with so much details in the shot!
the image is sharp with natural colour and details
thanks for the useful notes
good job well done

Hi Marie,

Excellent capture of this Broad-bodied Chaser female changing to new clothes. Good composition and lighting, sharp details, nice colours.



Preciosa Marie, con unos colores muy conseguidos. Un bello y original conjunto.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-26 15:34]

Hola Marie.
Very interesting and fine Macro photo of this Libellula. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colors in this frame. Your note is very interesting too.

Hola Mariki
Magnifica captura justo en el momento de transformación en adulto. Los colores y la nitidez son mu buenos.

Hello Marie,
All shiny and new, great that you've captured the dragon perched on its old body casing this way..Great detail/DOF, color & light.
Well done & TFS!

Hi Mariki, splendid and interesting capture, great composition with fantastic details and wonderful sharpness, brava!, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-29 0:45]

Hi Marie,
Just fresh out of the mould....wow marie what a moment to be around and frozen for posterity....superb details, impeccable timing, good sharpness capturing the emergence of another wonderful life on earth.
TFS it and cheers

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