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Blue Dasher Dragonfly (male)

Blue Dasher Dragonfly (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-20 8:03
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
most probably, this is a male Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis). found this beautiful dragonfly in last weekend... that emerald green was glowing under the golden light of the setting Sun.

previously also i had seen a similar dragonfly. but due to low light couldn't shoot properly. this time, the light was there, but the dragonfly was at far. had to zoom a lot to get him.

Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) belongs to the family 'Libellulidae'... which is the family of Skimmers.

"this species is found from southern British Columbia east to Ontario, extending south through the U.S. from southern California east to Florida. it also occurs in the Bahamas. in Idaho, it can be found throughout the state at lower elevations, usually below 3000 feet (914 meters)."

"this dragonfly can be found near lakes, ponds and slow streams at low elevations."

"this particular insect typically eats other very small, tiny insects."

some facts about this dragonfly:
1. Usually this insect lives during the summer season.
2. Usually there is a slight amber tint to their wings.
3. Even though their species name (longipennis) suggests that they have long wings, their wings actually are not unusually long compared to others in its species.

information courtesy:
Idaho State University
PHS Insects

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Hello Ruby,

Lovely composition of this beautiful Dasher. The bokeh in perfect contrast to the powder blue abdomen. Choice pov for the acrobatic pose too! Very well taken.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby,
It's great to see you are really getting aquainted with all the abundant wildlife down their in Tenn. This is a great shot of the Blue Dasher who posed so nicely for you. Wonderful detail, color and framing along with some fine use of your zoom lens.
I will be out of town for the next few weeks, hope to see some more interesting shots from you when I return.

Beautiful species of damselfly with excellent colors. tfs.

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