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Anax imperator eating a Libellula fulva

Anax imperator eating a Libellula fulva
Photo Information
Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European dragonflies 2, Dragonfly with prey, Cannibalism (or almost) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 7:42
Viewed: 4463
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anax imperator female eating a Libellula fulva female / Grote Keizerlibel vrouw die een Bruine Korenbout vrouwtje eet.

Anax imperator / Emperor Dragonfly / Königslibelle / La libélula emperador / Keizerlibel.


-Large size
-Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax.
-Females have a green thorax and abdomen.

source: http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/5630.htm

Libellula fulva female / Scarce Chaser female / Spitzenfleck Weibchen / vrouwtje bruine korenbout / La libellule fauve femelle.


-Immature males and females bright orange-brown
-Mature males with blue abdomen with black tip
-Brown patches at base of hindwing in both sexes


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I have never seen such canibalism in Dragonflies. Great capture and great compo. There is something strange with the sharpness: maybe to much accentuation?
NICE anyway

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-05-20 8:00]

Hi Harm
Cool capture and composition.
Good details and colours.
well done.

very great photo

Great take. Guess the food chain was tide around that area.

A very interesting image Harm.
Plenty of detail,though possibly a liitle cold (maybe take the blue down a little) ?
A fabulous capture though and a good informative note.
Great work!

Hi Alberts,

Great macro action picture ! Nice DOF,BG, POV and last but certainly not least the moment.
TFS Regards Anil

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-05-20 11:56]

Bonjour Harm
Superbe prise, excellent cadrage, couleurs, netteté
merci de nous partager ce momment d'exception.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Harm

Tough world - and very good capture to show it. In that small scale it is live and let die.

Very good capture to show this world. Great sharpness with plenty of details in both creatures and well blurred background. The colours look very natural on my monitor.

Well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-20 20:12]

Hola Harm.- Muy interesante Macro. La lucha por la vida. Nunca habia visto algo igual. Luis52.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-21 7:42]

Hi Harm

Another magnificent Odonata(s) shot from you and this time a very impressive action shot!
It's really amazing to see how vicious predators these small and beautiful animals really are and nothing makes it more obvious than this.
Your shots is impeccable, with good sharp details and lovely, well saturated colors.
Very good DOF, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2008-11-29 18:53]

Si el canibalismo existe entre las libélulas, yo quede impresionada cuando lo pude presenciarlo y captarlo
aunque observé que las orange damselfly son mas agresivas...no lo he vuelto a ver hasta esta foto tuya... es impresionante como se va devorando el cuerpo hasta comerlo completamente...casi podria escuchar el crujir de sus mandibulas....Saludos cordiales... *Ninfa Urania*

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