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Copyright: Hendrik Boot (NINIX) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z2, GT Lens 1:2 8-3.7 APO, 38-380 mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragon-fly, Damselfly and dragonfly, my personal collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-06 5:30
Viewed: 3830
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this during my holiday in the Ardeche, France. First I didn't know what it was but later discoverd that it is a big dragonfly beeing "born".

An emperor dragonfly emerges from its larval skin. Unlike butterflies, dragonflies do not create a chrysalis and undergo complete metamorphosis. Instead, they undergo a series of small transformations until they finally develop into the imago—the adult, winged form.

Because of my camera limits I couldn't get closer but I think it is interesting enough to show you.


For those who like to see the whole range have a look here:

The face of the emperor
Eggs of the emperor
The back of the emperor
The flight of the emperor
Birth of the Dragonfly.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-06 6:21]

Yes, Hendrick, very interesting. Good capture, and look at teh tiny wings that are going to open soon into those big wings. Well shown, and thank you.

Not the greatest shot,but worth showing.
You should see these dragonfly larvae capture their prey in the water.
Their jaws shoot out on a long stick like a chamaeleons tongue. Freaky! Like a sci-fi movie.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-06 13:49]

Hi Hendrik,
good capture, very interesting shot. I like it. Good colours.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-07 4:06]

Hello Hendrik.
Great moment.Light, colours and composition wonderful.
Thanks for posting...

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