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Female Cherry-faced Meadowhawk

Female Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
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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: 2011-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-09 19:13
Viewed: 4625
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sympetrum internum
(Cherry-faced Meadowhawk)

Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Order Description: Dragonflies
Family: Libellulidae
Family Description: Meadowhawk
Description: Naiad- This is a small naiad with a length of 9/16 to 5/8 inch (14 to 15.5 mm). It is mottled green and brown in color. The abdomen has several slender, slightly curved hooks along the top, and the last two abdominal segments have a single, rear-facing spine on each side. The naiads of this species and those of the Black Meadowhawk (Sympetrum danae) are extremely difficult to tell apart.
Adult- This is a small dragonfly, with a length of 7/8 to 1 7/16 inches (21 to 36 mm). Mature males are bright red on the face and the top of the abdomen. The thorax is dark brownish black and unmarked, and the sides of the abdomen are marked with black triangles. The wings may be entirely clear or partially clouded with golden brown where they attach to the body, and the veins may appear reddish. Immature males and females are marked similarly, but the thorax is brownish or olive green.

This species is found in North America from Alaska east to Hudson Bay, extending south through the U.S. from California east to Missouri and Pennsylvania. It occurs throughout Idaho.

This dragonfly can be found near marshy ponds and lakes, and near slow streams.

Adult Flight Season:
Early July to early October

Naiad- Naiads feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects, such as mosquito larvae, other aquatic fly larvae, mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp. They will also eat very small fish and tadpoles.
Adult- The dragonfly will eat almost any soft-bodied flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants or termites.

The naiads live in debris on the bottom of ponds, lakes, and streams. They do not actively pursue prey but wait for it to pass by, a strategy which affords them protection from other predators. Naiads emerge as adults at night. Adults generally fly from early July to October. Hunting occurs from perches on rocks or bare branches. This species has a high tolerance for cold climates, and is found as far north as the Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Latin name for this genus, Sympetrum, means "with rock" and refers to their habit of basking on rocks to absorb heat early in the day.

The female flies with the male still attached after mating (a position called "in tandem") and lays her eggs in lakes and ponds by dipping the tip her abdomen on the surface of the water.

Populations are widespread, abundant, and secure.

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Very important and valuable informations...
Thanks for all

Beautiful photo Denis! Interesting subject, good composition, wonderful colours and Impressive sharpness.

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

Ciao Denis, great macro of fantastic dragonfly, splendid sharpness, fine details, wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Denis, very nice on this spectacular composition and the general sharpness of the shot. All the best, Paolo

Hallo Denis,
a very beautiful macro shot of a female Cherry-faced Meadowhawk, very good sharpness and colours, excellent point of view and nice composition
Best regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-10 4:53]

Hello Denis,
very beautiful image of this interesting dragonfly!
Excellent light, sharpness, detail and POV.
Well done!!
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Denis. Good POV and colours results. Amazing playing of light.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-10 7:43]

Hello Denis,
Very nice presentation of this Cherry-faced Meadowhawk. Good sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours in splendid light. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello Denis,
You've made this shot with the exposure perfect!... I like a lot the very natural colors. I've shoted dagonflys with similar coloratin, but mine result oversaturated. I can see here in your shot a impressive skills to handle this.

Hi Denis,
Simply - nice and beautiful specie - great dragonfly.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Denis,
great capture of this interesting Dragonfly with very good sharpness and beautiful colours. I like your composition and your well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

Hi Denis,
Very good close-up of this dragonfly, excellent details sharpness, good point of view, great lighting and nice colours, very nicely done!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

great portrait of Sympetrum, Denis
perhaps would add a little contrast

Hi Denis, fabulous capture of this fine species of Dragonfly my friend, superb sharpness with fine detail especially the tiny hairs, impressive pose and composition, splendid lighting/white balance control with lovely colour saturation, Terrific job Denis and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Denis!
Gorgeous dragonfly in an excellent POV. Lovely natural colors and elegant BG.Good job! TFS
Nice week!

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!I appreciated it!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-20 20:17]

Hello Denis,
this is a lovely eye level capture of the dragonfly. I like the the details you have shown. The wings are so well detailed and the it is see through, with the background still intact.


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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-01 19:47]

Hi Denis,

This is a very nice & super sharp profile image of this colorful meadowhawk. The bg greenery is well blurred & is at just the right hue & intensity to bring out the finest of golden hues from the cherry female. Choice POV & just a wonderful overall composition!



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