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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-06 4:55
Viewed: 3106
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A more traditional view of a Common Darter this time, following on from my shot yesterday which featured a wider view and habitat.

I tried to get the wings all in focus with this, and I'm reasonably happy with the outcome.

Thanks for looking!

Species info...

Sympetrum striolatum

Common and widespread. Adults can be seen from mid June to the end of October. The records indicate this is the commonest and most widespread Sympetrum species in Ireland. It does however vary considerably in abundance from year to year. Favoured breeding sites include shallow pools and small lakes. It is a rapid coloniser of newly-created ponds. On the east coast there is evidence of immigration as it is frequently seen on coastal sites that have no suitable breeding areas.

This species is similar to the Ruddy Darter S. sanguineum however in the the Ruddy Darter the males are a deeper red, the abdomen is waisted and the legs are all black. It could also be confused with rarer migrant red Darters such as the Red-veined Darter S. fonscolombii or the Yellow-winged Darter S. flaveolum. However in the former the wing veins are red and in the latter there are extensive yellow patches at the base of the wings.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-06 5:31]

HI Matt,
The details in the wings are amazing.
Great BG, it works well.

good DOF, you did miss one of its wing though.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-09-06 6:01]

Hi Matt,

You did a very good job with this darter. Specially the wingdetails, greath.



Hi Matt,
wonderful dragonfly with excellent sharpness.
There are all details to see at the wings, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • bjarne (184)
  • [2005-09-06 13:57]

Hi Matt.

A wery good job whit the Darter and the DOF.


Very good one Matt, excellent details and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-07 0:37]

Beautiful shot, Matt. So sharp and delicate. Great pose and POV. Great BG as well. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Matt,

It is good tha you critiqued my pic. Made me look at yours, which otherwise I might have mmissed. I am amazed at the shapness and detail of the odonata in your pic. WOW.

Just curoius, are you a member of your local dragonfly society?

TFS, Kiran

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