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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-01 4:57
Viewed: 2996
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a Four-spotted Chaser which I photographed earlier in the year at Radley Lakes.

I hope you like it!

Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata

This dragonfly, known in North America as the Four-spotted Skimmer, is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae found throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

A common species of Dragonfly. In the United Kingdom, the adult stage is found between April to early September. Mid May to mid August in Ireland. Larvae have a two year developmental cycle. Adults feeding predominantly on mosquitos, gnats and midges, the larvae feed primarily on other aquatic insect larvae and on tadpoles.

There is a variant form, praenubila Newman, which has exaggerated wing spots. This is believed to be related to water temperatures during larval development, and appears to be more common in Europe than in the Americas.

This active Dragonfly mainly lives by ponds, vernal pools, and slow flowing rivers, they are most common in June and July.

The brown colour and the four spots on the wings make them unmistakable.

The male is considered to be highly aggressive and will defend a given territory from incursions from other males of the species. The male is known to form preferences for prominent perches and will often return to the same perches around the margins of pools and ponds whilst it patrols for intruders. Both Sexes are prolific fliers and mating takes place in the air, rather than on perches or amongst the vegetation. The female lays her eggs on floating vegetation. They tend to be easier to approach than Broad-bodied Chasers.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-01 5:04]

Hello Joe,
Amazing photo of this Chaser. The warm golden colours are splendid; the sharpness perfect. Every little detail is visible. POV, composition, DOF and BG are excelllent. A masterpiece!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-01 6:05]

Hola amigo,
beautiful macro and pov,
excellent color and tone,
good focus and sharpness.
exquisite lighting.
saludos Joe

Hi Joe, wonderful dragonfly, superb macro with good DOF, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe
Beautiful shiny wings and perfect exposure. Perfectly sharp image, nice field guide POV and fantastic OOF background Nothing to critique

Hi Joe,
A nice capture of this beautiful newly hatched four spotted chaser. Superb sharp details with lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jooe,
great shot with amazing sharpness and details.
I like the reflections on the wings a lot.
Nice POV and compo.
TFS Tatjana

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-01 10:10]
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Hi Joe,
Sorry after reading the forum thread on critiques I have to be honest and say I don't like your drangonfly macro, I love it. Sorry I think its brilliant, so sorry I have nothing negative to say, thanks for sharing your talents my young friend.
PS I am not fishing for points

hi Joe,
a perfect visual of this Libellula quadrimaculata with an excellent definition of details and above all the light in
the wings that make them similar to a mosaic

best sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-01 10:48]

Hi Joe. This is an excellent close up of the Chasser Dragonfly. which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. your use of the light has given rich colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-01 11:42]

A extraordinary good picture, Joe!! And remarcably beautiful. I like every tiny sharp detail even the little hairs in its body. The light in its wings makes it something special. I love it.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Joe,
Excellent capture of this Four-spotted Chaser with good POV and composition, sharp details - the wings are amazing, good DOF and colours, nicely blurred BG.

Hi OwlMan Joe:-)
An excellent macro capture of this beautiful four-spotted chaser on a diagonal twig. Great focus and reflections on the memranous wings.
TFS this fine image my friend.
Have a nice Sunday!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-01 17:23]

Hi Joe,it's a fantastic pic! The details are at the top,the colors too,every day you have a great surprise,this is top class,thanks a lot to show us your beautifuls pics,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Well done, Joe.
What strikes me most is the overall sharpness.
Very good lighting as well.
Beautiful picture of this Four-spotted chaser.

I am enjoying the variety in your gallery collection. You are mastering such a good range of techniques. I feel I should be more adventuresome! This is really lovely; sharp with good saturation and simplicity of composition.

Evelynn : )

Another perfect capture Joe.
Tack sharp as usual and perfect exposure.
I really can't fault this at all.
Wish I could take macros as clear as this.
Awesome work!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-02 4:33]

Merhaba Joe,
Çok güzel bir yusufçuk karesi olmuş. Tüm ayrıntıları başarıuyla ortaya koymuşsunuz. Artalan ve derinlik çok güzel. Eline sağlık.


ANother splendidly sharp shot. You captured that metallic look. Great shot!

Your way too good Joey...I think we need to make a JN..Joey Nature:-) This is just another superior example of all your talents which you have put to good uses...some have said when given lemons, make lemonade...so while all of us have "our cross to bear", whether it is illness in biology or mental...we adopt our lives by putting those worries and fears into our artistic side. Good show joey!

Hi Joey,
Well done on this perfect capture, the subject sits so well on the beautiful soft background. You've shown excellent detail where it really counts on this well executed image.
Paul :)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-02 9:51]

Very nice Joe,
perfect POV, excellent DOF and crisp detail, well done!

Hi Joe

Stunning shot of this beautiful dragon.
Great composition on that diagonal stick. Stands out really well on the green OOOF background
Excellent sharpness and details
Great work


You set very high standards for an avid dragonfly enthusiast like me, Joe.
This image is the last word in terms of true representation of wild life through photography.
Thanks and keep it up!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 0:16]

Joe....how could you keep this one in your archives until now?!?

What a gem! This is really a flawless dragonfly shot!
EVERYTHING here is in perfect focus - from the tip of its tail to the tip of every wing.
This being a freshly emerged specimen, the clearness of its wings is enhanced but that makes it even more charming and attractive.
The DOF is also great for the BG - which is wonderfully blurred and makes thee subject appear possibly more beautiful (if possible :))
The classic composition works great, the light is so well filtered and diffused and therefore all the colors are equally magnificent.
A true masterpiece!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-04 6:35]

Hello Joe,
We're back and have plenty to catch up with here!! Great capture of this dragonfly very nicely in focus showing fine details and I love the shine on the wings. A beautiful composition and a fine background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Fabulous job here Joe, the wings are amazing.
Thanx for your comments today, I appreciate it.

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