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Erythrodiplax fusca (Rambur, 1842)

Erythrodiplax fusca (Rambur, 1842)
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-27 18:31
Viewed: 4158
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Erythrodiplax fusca (Rambur, 1842)

Hello friends!

I recently read that dragonflies take this pose (called "Obelisk") with the intention of offering the lowest surface of the body to the direct action of sunlight, to avoid overheating it. Particularly, I think that this pose is also very interesting from a photographic point of view!

The photo was taken in extremely sunny one at a time when the sun was at noon, so the light fell on the dragonfly vertically, something for which I used to avoid filling flas some shadows that detracted detail to the insect.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Palaeoptera
Order: Odonata Fabricius, 1793
Suborder: Anisoptera Selys, 1854
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Erythrodiplax Brauer, 1868
Species: Erythrodiplax fusca (Rambur, 1842)

Common name: Red-faced Dragonfly

Description: Female size 2.3 to 3.2 cm and the male 2.5 to 3.4 cm. The male has dark brown head, red face. Thorax black dorsally, blue laterally greyish. Forewing with a small dark brown spot at the base of the wing, hind wings also have a dark brown spot of greater length. Most of the gray-blue abdomen, last three segments black. Fences whitish. The female has brown eyes, forehead and clypeus brown. Thorax brown. Spotted wings similar to those of male but yellowish brown. Abdomen brown.

The males of this species show territoriality. Perch near the water (15 to 20 cm), if it is sunny are very active and often can be pursued if clouds rest.

Copulation lasts about a minute and occurs on vegetation. Females oviposit alone, but the male flies by her watching. The eggs are laid touching the water with the tip of the abdomen repeatedly.

It lives in ponds and swamps in open areas such as pastures and other disturbed areas. It is a common species.

About this shot:
Model: SP565UZ
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/4000 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 64
Focal Length: 1938/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-12-19 13:14
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 235 kb

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-05-27 18:54]

Hola Jesus!
Foto muy expresiva de la libélula, mismo en extrema condiciones de luz.
Ja veo que tu tecnica es perfecta y so tengo que felicitarte por eso estupendo trabajo!
Buen fin de semana para tí!
Un abrazo,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-27 23:05]

Hello Jesús,
Nice to be your 'neighbour'!
A fine capture of this species of dragonfly taken in well-managed harsh light conditions that results in fine sharpness and natural colours.
The POV shows its heat-reducing 'obelisk' pose well.
Nice that you could ID this!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-05-27 23:50]

wonderful angle. great background. good sharpness and contrast. good clarity.

Top class macro image friend Jesus. Well done!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-28 0:28]

Hello Jesus.
Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb damselfly. Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very,very good, again.Best regards Siggi

Hello Jesus, this spectacular image of dragonfly. A great shot and a capture of the highest order. All the best, paul

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-05-28 0:30]

Hi Jesus,
Pose well, but too nice colours good composition and details.
Good work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-28 1:37]

Hello Jesus,
Another fantastic photo. Great quality in all aspects. The typical pose is very pleasing and you took the photo from the best possible POV.

great capture for a very beautiful acrobat flier,

congrats for the capture Jesus !

nice compo and good details,

have a good day,

ciao, tino

Hello Jesus
Beautiful photo! The composition is excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

Ciao Jesus. Profonditŕ e dettaglio ottimali con fantastici colori contro un eccellente sfondo.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-28 6:15]

Hi Jesus.
Very good capture, I like his pose. I think that the lighting conditions were not ideal - hard light. But you've got it well-managed. Monochrome blurred background works well here too.
TFS and Best regards,

Ciao Jesus,
una bellissima macro di questa libellula, splendido contrasto di luce con colori perfettamente leggibili, ottima nitidezza per una piacevole composizione
Grazie e complimenti
Buon proseguimento di fine settimana
Ciao Maurizio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-28 8:49]

Ciao Jesus,una posizione molto elegante per questa libellula ed una grandissima nitidezza,dettagli,focus e colori,magnifica brillantezza dell'occhio.Buona serata! Luciano

Hello Jesús

Looking the way this insect it is posed
we can say it is athletic gymnastic,
excellent photo with very fine POV,
beautiful light and color tones,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Jesus,
Superb colors and details. Great capture from a perfect POV.
Excellent composition with perfect clarity and excellent exposure.
Fantastic contrast against the background.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-30 4:13]

Hello Jesus!
Excellent view of this beauty posing so nicely for you while trying to keep cool! Great sharpness and beautiful colours against the smooth background. Well framed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Aparte de la belleza del insecto, el juego de contrastes con las luces y los colores
es impresionante.

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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2011-06-05 10:05]

Hello Jesus

Excellent macro capture showing superb details and sharpness.
The composition is great.
A perfect shot.
Anita & Mike

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