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Jade Clubtail

Jade Clubtail
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragonflies in flight, Dragonflies of the World, Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 11:06
Viewed: 4824
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I went back to the large pond where I have seen so many dragonflies lately. I walked slowly around the edge and suddenly I spotted a large dragonfly species that I had never seen before. She was in her egg depositing behavior, hovering about a foot above the water for a few seconds and then dropping down, dipping here abdomen tip to the surface, and then rising to hover again.

I believe this is the first Jade Clubtail to be posted to TrekNature.

For two additional views, please see WORKSHOP.

The Jade Clubtail is a distinctive grayish jade green with abdominal segments 7 to 9 rust-colored. Segment 10 and the claspers are pale yellow. It lacks an abdominal club. The thorax has a brown shoulder stripe and the abdomen is marked with green. It has green eyes and pale legs. The female is similar to the male. The bridge (occiput) between its eyes is straight-edged or slightly notched in the middle. It tends to perch on logs and branches protruding from water near the edges of lakes.

Total length: 51-55 mm; abdomen: 37-41 mm; hindwing: 34-36 mm.

Similar Species:
Stillwater Clubtail (A. lentulus ) has well-developed dark humeral stripes and abdominal segment 8 is generally darker than 7 or 9. The male cerci are shorter and more compact than in Stillwater Clubtail. Bayou Clubtail (A. maxwelli ) is smaller and generally darker (brown not reddish ) with more well-defined thoracic stripes.

Semi-permanent and artificial ponds, lakes and slow-areas of streams with muddy bottoms.


Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1/500s
ISO = 400
Focal Length = 275mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

Amadeo, nglen, jaycee, Luis52, maurydv, Alex99, ramthakur, iris, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-30 11:24]

Hola Ken, una excelente serie, la dificultad del dinamismo muy bien resuelta, son tres tomas magnificas. Un saludo

A great shot, the wing blur catches the motion of the insect while the rest of the body is in sharp focus - never an easy thing to achieve. Many thanks.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-30 11:51]

Hi Ken. Congratulation for a first on TN. A interesting shot showing its legs folded back , It has a big body too. You have captured a good inflight shot with good detail and colours. well done TFS.. Good notest too.

Hello Ken.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-30 12:24]

Hello Ken,
Wonderful shot of a interesting composition...
Perfect mecro, good details. Well done.

good close up here and you need the fast shutter speed.tfs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-30 15:21]

Hi Ken,

Congratulations on being the first to post a Jade Clubtail on TN! A wonderful in-flight shot of her. Colors are beautiful with the green, yellows and orange. Nice sharp details - I love the face and eyes. The two workshop views are excellent also. A beautiful composition .


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-30 18:37]

Hola Ken.
Muy bella foto de accion. La libelula luce de maravilla con sus alas. La velocidad con que se logra la imagen produce un hermoso detalle en este insecto.

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-06-30 23:38]

Hello Ken.
Very nice capture of this clubtail in flight.
Well done.



Splendida cattura in volo, ottimi POV e composizione con BG neutro dell'acqua e le foglie in primo piano, molto buona la nitidezza, bellissimi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-01 1:29]

Hi Ken,
excellent capture on this cute dragon fly on flight. TFS>

Well done Ken, dragons in flight are very hard.
Good composition and overall sharpness.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-01 8:53]

Hello Ken,
How beautiful!
Excellent photo in great sharpness and lovely colours. Very good composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-01 21:02]

Hello Ken

A wonderful in flight capture of this large and beautiful dragonfly.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
Lovely natural colours.
The lighting is well done.
I like the diagonal composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-01 23:36]

Hi Ken.
It is dream of every nature photographer. Terrific in-flight picture with outstanding timing, splendid scene and colours, tremendous sharpness and details of the flying insect and static water plants. Bravo. Great job.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 22:19]

Hi Ken,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Jade Clubtail in-flight. Very neat and sharp image with superb lighting and details. Great skill shown here in capturing it. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Capturing a dragonfly in flight is a challenging task and you have accomplished it admirably well in this sharp and clear picture, Ken.
The use of a polarizer filter has given you very well defined colors and details on the subject.
Thanks and regards.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-10 2:40]

Hi Ken,
Lovely inflight shot.
It almsot looks like a chopper with the wings in motion almost forming a circular path just like the way the chopper's leaves turn.
The details on the dragon are well picked up and with good sharpness and details.The tricolours of green, yellow and red on the Jade Clubtail is further highlighted by the natural light falling on the dragon.

Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Ken,
wonderful close-up shot when very beautiful dragonfly flying. Superb details, excellent focus and splendid coloration. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

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