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Brachythemis contaminata (Male)

Brachythemis contaminata (Male)
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/52 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 6:34
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Points: 46
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Ditch Jewel (Brachythemis contaminata)
Size: Male: Abdomen: 18-21mm, Hind wing: 20-23mm. Female: Abdomen: 18-20mm, Hind wing: 22-25mm.
Description: Male: Face is olivaceous. Eyes: Olivaceous brown above bluish grey below. Thorax: Olivaceous brown to reddish brown above with two reddish brown lateral
stripes. Legs: Dark brown in colour.
Wings: Transparent with reddish venation. A broad bright orange patch extending from wing base to wing spot is present in fore and hind wings. Wing spot: Rusty. Abdomen: Bright red. Female: Face is yellowish white. Eyes: Pale brown above and bluish grey below. Thorax: Pale greenish-yellow, with a narrow brown middorsal stripe. A dark brown lateral stripe is also present.
Legs: Similar to that of the males. Wings: Transparent. The bright orange wing patches of males absent. The hindwing tinted with yellow at the base. Wing spot: Rusty. Abdomen: Pale olivaceous-brown with a black middorsal stripe. In segments 2-6 a subdorsal brown stripe borders the middorsal stripe, enclosing a yellow
area. Habits and habitat: A dragonfly of polluted waters. This species is very common along sewage canals, tanks, ponds and ditches. Sometimes huge congregations (>1000) gather in sewage treatment ponds. Flies very close to the ground and perches on aquatic weeds. Breeding: Breeds in ponds, marshes and tanks. Flight season: Throughout the year. Distribution: Widely distributed in the plains of Oriental region.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Brachythemis
Species: contaminata

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-15 7:07]

Hello Haraprasan
Beautiful inflight image.Good POV and sharp image.Details are good and the light is excellent.
TFS Michel

Hello Haraprasan,
Nice picture in beautiful details. Good details throughout of this top view. Brilliant contrasting colors. I like it!

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a great shot. Sharp focus with 3D effect. The color is brilliant. Also like the way you present this picture. Very well done.

Ciao Haraprasan,
bellissima specie che non conoscevo!
Mi piace come sei riuscito a riprodurre perfettamente le sfumature arancioni sulle ali di questa libellula.
Anche l'addome è perfettamente a fuoco ed è possibile osservare perfettamente il disegno.

Hello Haraprasan,
great macro for this beuatiful dragon species. The genus represtented here, but with different species. You present it with very nice composition, great focus, POV and frame. TFS, well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-15 8:00]

Hello Haraprasan,
You captured this Ditch jewel with fine sharpness, from a good POV and composed the image in a pleasing way. The colours allow it to stand out against the somehat busy BG of the ground.
Well done and thanks for sharing,

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-15 8:30]

Hi Haraprazan,
Sharp photo of this beautiful dragonfly, good colors PÜV and presentation,
You seem to be an expert at libellulas. Could you please tell me the name of the little one I posted today? So I can tell the name by the next photos.
Well done and TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-15 8:58]

Hi Haraprasan,

Wonderful shot of this brilliantly colored dragonfly. The colors are amazing and show up beautifully against the background. Fine details througout. I love the intricate patterns on the body.


Excelente equilibrio y encuadre Hara. Muy acertado el cruce de horizontales, verticales y diagonales. Suavidad y elegancia en el color.

De acuerdo, la G3 hacía mejores fotografías que la 400D :-(
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

By golly there is something so real about this image...It looks more like the real thing than a picture. Very nice way of framing and inclusive of a small area around..enough to make me feel like I am there.

Hello Prasan,
Excellent captured of this beautiful Dfly!
the colouration is awesome with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
you had done very well on this shot
many thanks for sharing

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-15 11:08]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very good capture. Details are sharp

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-15 13:22]

Hi Haraprasan. Coulourful wings this one has. and body. you have captured it so well. with your sharp focusing which has given fine detail. a good pOV. with good notes too.
well done TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-15 14:32]

Thanks Hara for another beautifull pic of this red dragonfly,very perfect and good background,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful shades of colours in the wings. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-15 22:13]

Hello Haraprasan,

Nice details of the wing and colors.



Hello Haraprasan,

Very nice picture of this dragonfly. Good POV. Great sharpness and wonderful colours.

hello haraprasan,
lovely capture of the dragonfly, the pov is suitable and the colours are lovely, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hello haraprasan !
What a gorgeous Dragonfly ! I love its fiery colors, red, yellow, orange. And you have captured it very nicely, with sharp details and from a POV which allows us to see all parts of her body very clearly. Even on the BG which is not so blurred, the insect stands out nicely. Very well done !

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-16 7:03]

Hola amigo,
espléndida macro,
buen pov y foco,
excelente color...

Hello Haraprasan,

What a nice dragonfly!

I like very much its color... You got a very good POV but I would have place the insect more in the left corner of the frame...

Cheers and TFS!


Ditch Jewel...I like that name...like a diamond in the rough. :)
Lovely shot - well composed and nice sharpness.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 21:07]

Hello Haraprasan

The colours are striking in this one.
Lovely diagonal composition,
The colours are interesting and unique.
Very well focused with sharp detail.
Good job.


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