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Widow Skimmer (female)

Widow Skimmer (female)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-08-13 17:17
Viewed: 2023
Points: 6
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my previous post was on a Widow Skimmer (male). and this one, a female. once again, am happy to keep one male and one female of the same species side by side in my gallery :)

as i had said before, Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) belongs to the family 'Libellulidae', which is the family of Skimmers.

United States

can be found in marshlands or gardens near lakes, ponds etc.

to quote BFEC, "Widow Skimmers can be seen near ponds when mating. they will fly in tandem with the male grasping the female behind the eyes near the back of the head. after mating the male releases the female and hovers over her while she dips her abdomen onto the surface of the water to deposit eggs."

i found this adult female Widow Skimmer in my 'treasure island'. but the first Widow Skimmer female i had seen was during my trip to Chattanooga. near to the place where i found that Orchard Oriole. i had no idea about the ID then, but i found that dragonfly a bit weird. it looked bent. and behaviour was also not normal. may be that poor thing was ill, because when i saw this dragonfly and some similar ones, i didn't find them that much odd any more...

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It is obvious that you have found your connection with nature in America, Ruby.
The quality of your imagery has ascended by several notches, as is evident in this picture of a dragonfly taken in light conditions that enhance the wide range of subtle colours on the subject. I might have my own preferences about the compositional priorities, particularly in terms of placing the subject within the frame, but I cannot argue with you here for choosing to have wider space behind the fly than in front of it, mainly because it somehow seems to suit this composition.
All in all, I will give you 10/10 for this picture.


well done also for the female....

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-14 8:26]

Hello Ruby,
Very beautiful photo of this skimmer in good sharpness and nice natural colours. Light and clarity are marvellous. Nice blurry background.

Great macro of this wonderful specimen


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