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Northern whitefaced darter

Northern whitefaced darter
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-25 11:17
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The White-faced Darter (Leucorrhinia dubia) is a small dragonfly belonging to the genus Leucorrhinia in the family Libellulidae. Its flight period lasts from May to August. It is found in peat bogs from northern Europe eastwards to Siberia. In southern Europe there are populations in some mountainous areas such as the Alps and Pyrenees. In Great Britain it is rare and local with the largest population in the Scottish Highlands.

The abdomen is 21-27 mm long and the hindwing is 23-28 mm long. Mature males have a black body with red and orange markings on the abdomen and thorax which become darker with age. Young males and females have pale yellow markings. All have a conspicuous white frons at the front of the head. The wings have a brown patch at the base.

It breeds in acidic pools with extensive growth of Sphagnum moss. The male holds a small territory near water. Copulation with the female often begins over water before they settle on the ground or in low vegetation for about 30 minutes. The female drops the eggs amongst submerged moss or the stems of cottongrass. The larvae live amongst the Sphagnum; they feed mostly at night but are also active during the day. They take one to three years to reach adulthood with two being most common. They emerge between May and early July, climbing out of the water up a plant stem before flying away from the pool. Males become mature 4-12 days after emergence and females a few days later.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-25 11:26]

Hi Hans,
Ik ben terug! De nieuwe landschappen gemaakt in Zwitserland.
Nice deze macro met een aantal fantastische kleuren. Perfect duidelijkheid, gefeliciteerd.
Een rustige dag,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-25 11:28]

Hi Hans,
Beautiful capture of this Darter.Clear details,simple BG,sharpness and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Hans,
Wonderful details and colours.
Great composition and good sharpness.

hallo Hans
Hans deze staat er weer perfect op
je ziet de haren op zijn body
super scherp
en de kleuren zijn erg goed ,super!
groetjes lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-25 11:42]

Hi Hans. A first clas top view of this dragonfly. You have taken it with such fine detail . The light is showing up the wings so well With the black end markings. All with good natural colours. well taken TFs.

Fantastic one, Hans,
I love this butterfly and you captured it perfect. So sad that we have to wait half a year now until we have these insects back.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-25 12:09]

Hallo Hans,
Een beauty! Technisch erg goed, super scherp met prachtige details, mooie natuurlijke kleuren tegen een fraaie vage achtergrond. En echt een passende compositie.

Hallo Hans,

zo nu de libellenserie, weer een mooie opname met veel details en mooie reflecties in de vleugels.


ciao Hans!
una splendida specie che vedo per la prima volta..perfetta la focalizzazione e magnifici dettagli delle ali
grazie e buona serata sERGIO

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-25 13:38]

Hello Hans
Excellent macro capture. Great details, perfect focus and natural colors

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-11-25 14:15]

salut Hans,
fantastique image à la netteté exceptionnelle, superbe transparence des ailes et pov parfait.


Hi and Good Morning Hans,

Excellent job with the focus, it looks nice and precise.
Such a well suited flat background for the dragonfly to stand out against, it all looks well composed too.
This pretty d-fly also a novelty for me too.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Hola Hans,
primero gracias por tu ayuda en la corrección de la ID de mi libélula; veo que hay varias e interesantes además en tu corta pero buena galería.
Esta que nos presentas interesante, además bien centrado el foco en la zona de las alas, lo que da fuerza al conjunto.
Buena luz.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-11-26 6:21]

Hello Hans,
Simply perfect...I`m not able to say anything...only congratulations!
Best regards,

Hi Hans. Excellent macro capture of this dragonfly.. Details and composition first class!
Kind regards,

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