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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-21 12:51
Viewed: 2475
Points: 38
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae.


The Ruddy Darter attains a wingspan of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings. The abdomen widens for the final third of its length and shows a marked pinched section where it joins the thorax.

The all-black legs of the Ruddy Darter distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum), both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.


The Ruddy Darter can be found between the months of July and November. Mating takes place on the wing, with the coupled pair performing a dipping flight over the water. The female jettisons her fertilised eggs at the water surface by alternating movements of the abdomen. The male will hover nearby during this period and protect the female by driving off any approaching males.

The larvae spend the year beneath the water surface before emerging and pupating into adults.

Range and Habitat

The Ruddy Darter is to be found in temperate regions throughout Europe as far west as Siberia and as far south as the northern Sahara. Its conservation status is regarded as secure, and indeed numbers seem to be increasing in some locations such as central England. It tends to prefer quiet bodies of water that feature semiaquatic vegetation such as rushes and reeds.

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Hallo Marius,
i think about the ID that this Darter is a young male Sympetrum sanguineum; a very beautiful macro shot, superb sharpness and very beautiful colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hola Marius

Clasica postura de esta libelula, creo que todos tenemos alguna en esta forma tan usual, pero siemprehay alguna diferencia. Esta ha quedado fantastica, buena nitidez y contrastes con el fondo agradables.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-21 15:07]

Hi Marius,
Very beautiful capture of this Darter.Sharpness,simple BG,lighting and exposure are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

beautiful sharp and well composed shot of this darter, Marius!
Very well chosen POV and frame!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-21 21:29]

Splendida fotografie, felicitari!

Hi Marius,

an good captuture from this Darter in typical pose.
Great pov and dof, razor sharp.
Fine colours.


Ciao Marius, beautiful dragonfly on a lovely blurry BG, fantastic golden colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-22 0:35]

Hello Marius,
a very fine macro shot. Great detail and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done. Thank you.Best regards Siggi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-22 0:55]

Buna Marius

Inca un macro traznet! Cred ca ar fi cazul sa mai ies si eu dupa vre-o libelula sau un fluture...fotografiile tale au efect mobilizator :)
Imi place foarte mult intreaga claritate aici plus culorile foarte vii dar si reale pe care le-ai obtinut. Ai folosit adancimea si expunerea exact corecta pentru asa ceva, iar rezultatul vorbeste de la sine.
Nu trebuie neglijat si fundalul - care cu variatile lui de tonuri, aduce un plus imaginii.

Bravo si merci de postare

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-22 2:02]

Hi Marius,this is the absolute perfection.What a sharpness and perfect focus everywhere,fanatstic colors and contrast whit the clear background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Splendid photo, bright colors and great sharpness.
Thank you!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-22 6:53]

Good image of this lovely dragonfly, good details. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-22 7:06]

Hello Marius,
Another beauty. Very beautiful colours, excellent sharpness and details, and a very good blurry BG, DOF and POV.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-22 7:22]

O poza reusita cu o insecta dintr-o familie favorita mie
Numai bine

Hello Marius,
details, sharpness and background very very good for this image. A great capture. Regards, Paolo

Hi Marius,

Utterly outstanding close-up! Great use of the focus and the blur tool. The details are so precise and impressive.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • Robb Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 11] (293)
  • [2010-09-22 10:52]

Helo Marius!

Fotografie perfecta!
Numai bine, Robert

hello Matius
super good picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
very good BG
greeting lou

Hi Marius,
A lovely capture of this beautiful dragonfly. Very good sharp details and an excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Marius - Excellent picture of this Dragonfly. As usual a stunning and perfect BG with attractive sharpness of this Dragonfly. I like its POV too. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar / Thanks also for your encouragement on my pictures.

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