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Finishing Lunch - Dragonfly


Finishing Lunch - Dragonfly
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Copyright: Elena Evans Chumsky (Scrapperella) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 1 N: 50] (361)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-18
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-18 13:57
Viewed: 1402
Points: 2
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This dragonfly had just finished gobbling up something. I am not sure what it was. Though what I like about this picture is that I did not know that dragonfly have little finger like claws that help push the food in their moths as you can clearly see in this picture.

Since this is a macro with a 10x filter I was not able to capture the legs in clear focus, but I really like the mouth. Can someone tell me what those claw like fingers are called on a dragonfly?

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-19 11:41]

Hello Elena,
A wonderful macro shot of this beautiful Halloween Pennant. I think they are some of the prettiest dragonflies around. I love their colorful wing markings as well as the attractive patterns on their bodies.
As far as what the claw-like appendages on the ends of their feet are called...as far as I could find out they are called just as you described...claws:)
One site I checked out stated this... "The legs are made up of three sections; the femur, the tibia, and the tarsus, and end with claws." Check out the link below if you want

http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/cocchiol_matt/Anisoptera.htm

Ron

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