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Libellula quadrimaculata

Libellula quadrimaculata
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-10 9:07
Viewed: 2730
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well known garden pond visitors:

After my parasite post it had to be something more uplifting; well, how about a Dragon fly? It's a 45 mm long male of the Four-spotted chaser (Odonata; Libellulidae; Libellula quadrimaculata L.; Vierfleck). To me the shot rekindles memories of summer.

ID: no problem here with "K. Dijkstra & R. Lewington, 2006, Dragonflies" as a guide. The white venation on the basal dark patch on the hind wing is diagnostic. The species is migrating, occurs in much of temperate Eurasia and America.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-10 9:12]

Hi Dietrich,
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.POV,sharpness,clear details and BG are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Dietrich,
diese Spezies habe ich bislang noch nicht oft in Natura bewundern dürfen. Sie sind wundervoll und so schön haarig ;-)
Klasse Bild von einem schönen Blickwinkel heraus, wir sehen in die imposanten Augen und besonders gefallen mir die Flügel mit den braunen Partien.
Wie hast Du das mit dem Stativ geschafft - bis ich das Ding aufgebaut habe, ist das Insekt meist schon über alle Berge ...
Also versuch ich stets mein Glück handgehalten - also Glückwunsch, erstklassiger Schuß, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

No se como lo haces Dietrich, pero la belleza de esta libélula casi supera a la realidad por la claridad de la imagen y el preciso enfoque conseguido.

Hi Dietrich,

An excellent shot. Before reading your note, I figured that this was perhaps a female, as many of the Libellulas have the bluish/white patches on the wings in the males, but this species apparently doesn't have that sexually dimorphic trait.


Hi Dietrich,
This looks great. Excellent macro skills and an attractive dragonfly. A lovely and interesting view angle. Very good details and clarity, as well as nice lighting and an even exposure.
TFS and cheers my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-12 4:51]

Hello Meyerd,
I'm very fond of L. quadrimaculata and look forward to beeing them on the wing again! Only 5 months to go! :-( In the meantime I'm very pleased to see your very fine capture taken in beautiful light and showing sharp details and natural colours. I like the angle of the wings and the composition too.
Interesting to hear about the 'Breadbox' theory. Let me know if you find out more about it!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Dietrich, beautiful colorful composition with fantastic dragonfly, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Dieter!

Nachhaltige Auswirkungen sommerlicher Tätigkeit... der alternative Titel zu deinem Bild. Das Insekt ist herrlich fotografiert, du verwöhnst uns immer mehr mit qualitativ hochstehenden Bildern. Die Farben sind super, aber auch der Hintergrund mit den ähnlichen Formen passt bestens zur Libelle.



Hello Dietrich,

Fantastic close up.
Beautiful colours with excellent details.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

Hello Dietrich,

Excellent sharp picture of this dragonfly. Great POV and DOF. Very good composition. Superb natural colours. A beautiful picture to recall the summer.

hello Dietrich!
surprising details for this Libellula quadrimaculata so good shooting
against a green BG
best wishes for a peaceful Christmas

Hi Dietrich,
Beautiful macro picture nicely composed and presented with great colours and sharpness, Excellent POV and DoF.
Nice details and notes..
Merci beaucoup pour vos beaux commentaires sur ma photo ; grosbec des pins..

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