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Sympetrum Vulgatum

Sympetrum Vulgatum
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Copyright: Nicolas Moulin (nimou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak DX6490, Raynox DCR250
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 13:00
Viewed: 4419
Points: 14
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Règne Animalia
Embranchement Arthropoda
Sous-embr. Hexapoda
Classe Insecta
Sous-classe Pterygota
Infra-classe Palaeoptera
Ordre Odonata
Sous-ordre Anisoptera
Famille Libellulidae
Genre Sympetrum

Vagrant Darter Dragonfly.

Adults. Adult body about 33–36–39 mm long. Average wingspan 60 mm; hindwings 26–28 mm long.

The eyes dorsally narrowly apposed to dorsally broadly contiguous; brown, or red (or reddish brown). The narrow black band at the base of the frons conspicuously continued for some distance down the inner sides of the eyes.

Thoracic antehumeral stripes present to absent (if detectable, less conspicuous than in some other dragonflies); brown (somewhat paler against the brown thorax). The wings spread more or less horizontally in repose; dissimilar in shape and venation; sessile; very briefly suffused with colour at their bases only. The tinting amber (or saffron). The inner wing venation (reddish-) brown. Discoidal cell divided longitudinally into a conspicuous triangle and supra-triangle. Antenodal veins in the forewings 6–8 (fewer in the hindwings). Pterostigma reddish brown, or red (ruddy, and black edged).

Abdomen linear from a conspicuously swollen base, or swollen both basally and distally and markedly constricted in between; 24–28 mm long; predominantly crimson red (in the male), or green, or yellow (olive-yellow, in the female); plain, or predominantly transversely banded, or complexly patterned (apart from median black dashes on segments 8 and 9 of both sexes, which are characteristic of the genus, males have lateral yellow spots on segments 2 and 3, and narrow yellow bands between the segments); without mid-dorsal spots. The male abdomen without auricles on segment 2; with a single inferior anal appendage.

Nymphs. The nymphs stout, the body expanded in the middle; when mature, 17–18 mm long.

The head in dorsal view markedly narrowing from immediately behind the eyes. The postocular lobes curving smoothly to the back of the head from immediately behind the eyes. The antennae 7 segmented. The mask having the prementum hollowed dorsally. The prementum bearing 28–30 major setae (14+14 to 15+15). The body of the labial palps bearing (10–)11(–12) major setae. Legs longer than the abdomen.

The abdomen terminating in five short spine-like appendages. The cerci no more than hald the length of the paraprocts. The abdomen with mid-dorsal spines (?); gizzard with 4–8 folds.

Camara Kodak DX6490 con Raynox DCR250

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Hello Nicalos,
You uploaded a well composed image with a good point of view and depth of field.
The Sympetrum Vulgatum has an effective blurred background as well.
Thanks for sharing

Preciosa toma Nicolás, con buen enfoque, profundidad y colores. La luz es mágica, creando brillos que , junto con el fondo, hacen que sea una atmósfera especial.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-09 0:12]

Hi Nicolas,

A nice capture,with geat colors,we have to wait a bit more before they arrive here again,nice colors and POV,with a good dof,tfs


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-09 7:10]

Hi Nicolas.
What a great DOF despite the use of macro converter. As usual you use your equipment perfectly. Amazing scene with wonderful composition, effective flash light and great sharpness/details. I like impressive rich and unusual colour palette of the shot too. My best wishes and thanks.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-09 8:18]

Hi Nicolas. This is a very good close up of this Dragonfly. did you take this this year ?. you have captured the light so well on the wings . your sharp focusing has given fine detail.and rich colours. welldone TFS.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-10 2:42]

Hi Nicolas,
Great shot!
Good POV and DOF!
Lovely composition!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-10 11:51]

Hi Nicolas,
Beutiful picture! Great clarity and pose!
Light and color is fantastic,
great work!

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