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Sympetrum vulgatum/striolatum

Sympetrum vulgatum/striolatum
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Copyright: Tina Dreghici (Tina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-27
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-01 1:38
Viewed: 1973
Points: 30
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Info source Wikipedia : 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.

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Ciao Tina, great macro of fantastic dragonfly on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

NEVER tire looking at these amazing creatures!! WELL DONE!

Hi Tina,
amazing photo of this dragonfly. Excellent point of view. Nice presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-10-01 9:27]

Buna Tina,
Excelenta fotografie a speciei, culori si detalii clare, minunate, cmpozitie perfecta, felicitari!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-10-01 10:42]

Hello Tina.
POV and pose are very good.Nice colours and good details. It is well seen from the BG.Well done.Best regards Siggi

hello Tina
this is SUPER sharpness
great details nice BG and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-01 10:45]

Hello Tina,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this dragonfly. Very beautiful clear colours and a fine composition. Taken from a vert good POV.

Hi tina,

a very clean clear presentation of this dragon fly. Nice composition and oof background. The insect itself has great focus


Buna Tina,
Excelenta captura cu detalii si culori superbe. Focusul perfect si claritatea imaginii sunt spectaculoase. Foarte reusit fundalul blurat in ton cu insecta.
Felicitari pentru aceasta imagine superba, deosebit de atent realizata!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2012-10-01 15:02]

Hi Tina,magnificent capture in a difficult light whit spectacular details and colors and an elegant position,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano


Love these dragons ... they make excellent subjects as they seem to pose (sometimes)! Just about the right amount of sharpening or a perfect focus without PP. Excellent, thanks.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10644)
  • [2012-10-02 3:21]

Buna Tina,
Very good capture of the dragonfly ..
Good composition, lighting and very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Tina
Impressive photo with good composition, nice BG, wonderful colors and good sharpness.

Hi Tina,
A Nice macro with sharpness/detail and beautiful natural colours. Perfect POV and DOF. A Great composition my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Tina.
Very nice macro with great detail, colour and composition.
very very good presentation.
best wishes,

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