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Broad-bodied Chaser, female

Broad-bodied Chaser, female
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-23 9:00
Viewed: 3588
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Libellula depressa (Platetrum depressum), female

Dutch name: Platbuik
French name: Libellule déprimée

Wingspan: 70-80 mm
Bodylength: 40-45 mm
Flightperiod: mid May - early August

This dragonfly has a broad, flattened abdomen which is pale blue in males and yellowish-brown in females and immature males. There are yellow spots along the side of abdomen. They have broad antehumeral stripes and a brown patch at the base of the wings.

The Broad-bodied Chaser found around still water including garden and farm ponds. Not seen in mountains above 2000m.

The eggs are set off at the water surface. They sink to the bottom and hatch. The larvae not only live on the bottom, but also in it. New adults may appear in just one year, but the development may take two years. the larvae can hide deep inside the mud. In this way they are capable of living through lon periods of drought during which the pool may dry up. The Broad-bodied Chaser is a pionering animal, which means it will quickly appear in new pools. It disappears once the pool gets older, typically when 50% or more is grown with plants.

Global distribution: their range covers Europe and Asia Minor.

(Source: enmos.eu/info/info_odonata/info_libellula_depressa.htm)

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-23 9:22]

Merhaba Marie!
Great sharpness and details. Fantastic shot! Very nice composition and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-23 9:41]

Hello Marie,
What a splendid capture of this lovely golden lady in a fine pose! Great sharpness and beautiful colours against the natural background. Very well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Tu cámara fotográfica no descansa marie :-)
Bonita toma con buen enfoque aunque algo justa de profundidad.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi.

Part Mariki.
The Dragon-fly's beautiful picture about colour of amber, super composition and the visible details.
I greet Robert.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-23 10:18]

Hola marie, excelente detalle del abdomen y torax de esta Libelula. Un saludo

A fine capture with very high definition Marie, a beautiful reproduction of this chaser indeed my friend, thank you for sharing it.

Splendida macro, POV e composizione "classici" con risultati ottimali, eccellente nidezza, bellissimi colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-23 11:33]

Hi Marie. First class picture of the female chaser. You have captured fine detail and sharp focusing. good use of the light has given the wings a shine. A nice POV. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-23 11:55]

Hi Marie,

Fabulous capture of the Chaser.
Nicely composed with a great POV and a lovely pose.
Very good details and beautiful colours and light.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-05-23 12:04]

Hello Marie,

What a great shot of this dragonfly. Photo is so good and expresive I do not have to much to talk about. Light and DOF are so good that even the abdominal's segments structure can be well observed not to mention wings structure and pattern.


Hi Mariki, splendid dragonfly, great capture with wonderful colors and superb sharpness, perfect focus and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Marie Christine,
Very good light and sharpness.
Well composed.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-23 22:35]

Bonjour Marie Christine
Très belle prise, excellentes couleurs, netteté et très belle lumière, beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Hello Marie,

Nice macro shot from this Platbuik.
Beuatiful colours and details.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-23 23:53]

Hi Marie,

A great capture with nice satured colors,the focus and exposure are well handled,tfs


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-24 0:38]

Hi Mariki,
Beautiful close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.Sharpness,details and DOF are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Superb Shot of this butterfly Marie. TFS. Regards,

Hi Marie,
A lovely capture of this beautiful broad bodied chaser. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Marie,

Amazing detail and colour in this image, the exposure is perfect as is the POV, really lovely work, well done look forward to seeing more. All the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-24 2:22]

HI Marie,
sharp image of the broad bodied female chaser, good colours details and best use of the lighting.The details are quite fine in this beautiful macro.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-24 4:20]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
Magnifique gros plan sur la libellule déprimée, toute dorée. Tu nous la montres perchée sur une tige, poste d'observation sur lequel on les trouve souvent. Chez nous, elles ne se sont pas encore montrées. L'arrière-plan est un peu bruyant, essaie la prochaine fois de choisir, si cela est possible, un angle de vue favorable à un background assez neutre.

Very good capture of this strong looking dragonfly from Europe, Marie. Very sharp focus and vivid colours.
I just looked at Joe's picture of a newly emerged specimen of this species and it looks very delicate in comparison with the mature one shown in your picture.
TFS and regards.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-24 4:50]

Hi Marie,
Outstanding shot of this Braod-belied Chaser with lovely colours and sharp details. Great lighting and exposure and you have captured it in a fabulous pose here. Excellent DOF isolates it from the BG perfectly and a well chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Marie

Brilliant shot
Excellent sharpness and colour
Excellent DOF and POV
Great composition


Wowww... Marie, Superb macro capture of this dragonfly with plenty details, superb calerity, wonderful DOF and POV my friend! Great shot.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-24 7:35]

Hello Mariki,
A superb capture of a female L. depressa. Great POV, sharpness, DOF and pleasing contrasting OOF natural green BG.
TFS this beauty,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-24 7:48]

Wow! Bonjour Marie, quelle excellente macro, les détails sont tellement nets! Lumière et exposition parfaites, superbe fond et un résultat impressionnant! Bravo et merci!


Je weet ze al goed te benaderen Marie.
Ik ken Uw broer van Jean Charles erg goed van trekearth en hij vertelde mij van Uw aanwezigheid hier op de side. Wel een goede presentatie van deze chaser, very good capture and fine sharpnes, prettige avond.
groet Jaap

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-24 10:02]

Hallo Marie Christine,
Erg mooie foto van deze Platbuik. De details zijn schitterend, net als de kleur. Prachtige compositie.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-24 13:48]

Sharp shot of this Broad Bodied Chaser, Marie!
I love the wide-angle view and the POV is excellent!
Lovely colours and warm light.
Brilliant DOF too.

Superb work!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-24 19:15]

Hello Marie Christine

An excellent capture of this dragonfly.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
You have managed the light well and the colours are vivid and natural.
Well placed in the frame.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-24 22:58]

Hello marie, Very sharp shot and great composition. Superb colors and lovely pOV. Ganesh

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-25 12:42]

Hi Marie

Lovely detailed shot of this dragonfly. Great POV fot showing off the winges. Nicely composed, good focus and lovely colours



Je crois que je préfère la femelle pour ses belles couleurs dorées. Superbes détails, bien saisis. Excellente composition. Bonne soirée,

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