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Four Spotted Skimmer

Four Spotted Skimmer
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-05 17:22
Viewed: 2791
Points: 26
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Four-spotted Skimmer
Libellula quadrimaculata

Skimmers have wingspans that are longer than the body. The bodies are usually brightly coloured, and the males and females may be coloured differently from each other. The base of the hind wings is quite rounded, and there are often dark bands or other markings on the wings. The conspicuous eyes always touch on the top of the head.

At a distance you can spot skimmers by their fast unpredictable flight that is punctuated by periods of hovering around ponds and swamps. Males are often observed resting on a favored perch, which they leave to chase, rivals or check out potential mates, returning to the same perch after they have run their errand.

This distinctive medium-sized dragonfly (42 mm or 1 5/8in. long) has a vivid orange body that fades with age. It has an extremely short, stout body. The abdomen has a yellow line on each side. There are 2 obvious spots at the leading edge of each wing (so maybe it should be called the Eight-spotted skimmer?). The leading edge of the forewings is also tinged with yellow.

From; wealselhead.org

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-05 22:51]

Bonjour Denis.
Jolie composition et grande netteté.
Les couleurs ressortent bien sur cet environnement.

Hi Denis,
Very nice sharp shot of this dragonfly, lovely transparent wings, lighting and colours are also very nice, very well composed,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Excellent detailed photo with nice background.
Nice to see these interesting dragonflies from another continent. regards yiannis

Hi Denis, Well my friend you have done a sterling job with this little critter, very nice wing extension with good details in these translucent wings, splendid soft focus, well controlled lighting with lovely colours, great job here Denis and well done,
Best regards,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-06 0:15]

Beautiful species in good lighting and looks like its feasting on something. well captured. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-06 0:52]

Hello Denis,
very lively details. The top view is so exciting. The net like wings are really pleasant and special to note.
You showed a nice macro here.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-06 6:51]

Hello Denis,
Excellent presentation of this skimmer in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Very good POV, DOF and composition.

hello Denis
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting Paolo

hello Denis
great picture with good details and beautiful colours
very nice pose
thanks greeting lou

Hello Denis,
fine capture of this Dragonfly with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I especially like your well chosen POV and the green background.
Best wishes,

Hi Denis,
interesting photo of this dragonfly. Amazing colours. Nice composition. Suitable background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Denis,
Very good and beautiful photo of this dragonfly. There are superb details, nice natural colours against a beautiful OOF BG. Good central composition and POV. Well done!

Hello Denis,
Excellent clarity, focus and sharpness.
Nice capture of a interesting Skimmer with superb details.
It is a perfect POV and a nice composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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