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The Onychogomphus Forcipatus

The Onychogomphus Forcipatus
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): World of Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-28 2:35
Viewed: 3918
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
All About Dragonflies

Is a dragonfly a fly?
No. Flies are insects with two wings. Dragonflies have four wings. However, both flies and dragonflies are insects, meaning that they have six legs and three body parts: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.

Why are they called dragonflies?

The name comes from their fierce jaws, which they use to catch flies (among other winged insects).

Where do dragonflies come from?

The dragonfly begins its life as an egg. Adult female dragonflies lay their eggs in water. After about two weeks, the eggs hatch and an immature dragonfly, or nymph, emerges. The nymphs are not pretty like the adults. They have tiny wings and a large lower lip, which they use to catch their prey (often mosquito larvae). Dragonfly nymphs live in the water. As they grow, they molt (shed their skin). Nymphs of some species may take as long as three years to mature.

When the dragonfly nymph reaches maturity, it crawls out of the water onto a plant stem. Then its skin begins to split. First the head, then the thorax, then the legs, and then the wings of an adult dragonfly emerge. Soon the newly emerged dragonfly is able to fly. The process takes about two hours. It takes about two days before the adult dragonfly's beautiful colors are fully developed. Adult dragonflies live only a few months.

How long have dragonflies been around?

Dragonflies are ancient insects. They were around before the dinosaurs! Ancient dragonflies may have been considerably larger than those we see today. A fossilized impression of a dragonfly wing, found in a coal mine in England, is the oldest known dragonfly specimen. This dragonfly lived 300 million years ago and had a wingspan of eight inches. The largest known dragonfly had a wingspan of 24 inches (two feet). Today, the largest dragonfly is found in South America and has a wingspan of slightly over seven inches. Other than being smaller, modern-day dragonflies do not look very different from their ancestors.

Are dragonflies like other insects?

Dragonflies and damselflies belong to an order of insects all their own, called Odonata. Although the two are similar, damselflies are smaller than dragonflies. In addition, damselflies can fold their wings over their backs when they are at rest. Dragonflies can't fold their wings, so they rest with their wings held straight out.

Are dragonflies beneficial to humans?

You bet they are! In fact, dragonflies are sometimes called "mosquito hawk" because they catch and eat so many mosquitoes. Always on the hunt, dragonflies consume gnats, flies, and mosquitoes--all of which humans consider pests.

Why are dragonflies such good hunters?

Dragonflies' ability to maneuver makes them able to out-fly their prey. But dragonflies also have the advantage of excellent eyesight. If you've ever watched dragonflies, no doubt you have noticed their huge eyes. Each of the two large eyes is made up of thousands of six-sided units. Together, these smaller eyes enable a dragonfly to detect even the slightest movement. To test this, try sneaking up and catching a dragonfly. You usually come up empty-handed.

(From the University of Tennessee Homepage )

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Hello Pankaj,
An impressive macro capture!
Super details and fine colour palette, pin sharp in focal area...
Very attractive composition, the way the diagonal is used adds dynamics!
Pablo -

Outstanding macro-shot,
realy goos focus with nice details, superb background and colors very well satured, excellent pose and comosition whit a beautifull frame,
well done Pankaj,

Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful capture of this dragonfly. Nice details and excellent POV. Nice informative notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-08-28 3:50]

Hello Pankaj,
Brilliant capture of this beautiful "gomphus" from a nice POV. Excellent focus and sharp details on the eyes and thorax. I love the colour of the eyes! A very fine diagonal composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

One of the best dragonfly photos on TN. The focus, color, saturation,and DOF are just right. The framing is very appropriate. Very Nice!

Hi Pankaj

What a wonderful capture. the details are great. The notes are excellent and the composition is spot on.


Hola Pankaj,
Excelene toma con gran definción y detalle, bonito POV con luz y fondo agradables, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Pankaj,
You've capture fine rich colors and detail on this dragonfly.
Great POV to show the face. Amazing eyes.
Presented well in the frame.
A bit more DOF to focus wings would be a plus.

Hi Pankaj
Unusual photo. A dragonfly on a flower!!! Nice composition good sharpnes Very informative note
Best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-28 6:26]

Hello Pankaj,
an excellent shot with a brilliant note.
Very sharp and crisp with an excellent DOF.
Perfect BG.
Well done,

Between you and Sumon....there are no better in this arena, in my eyes. Some may see it another way of course. That is only human....but your work as well as Lawhill, is above good...setting a benchmark.


Hello Pankaj,

A very interesting diagonal composition! I don't see this way of composing an image by having the empty space placed on one half of the diagonally split picture and the subject on the other side. The blurred background emphasizes the dragonfly and makes the sharp details look even sharper. I also liked the natural colors and enjoyed the notes. Very well done! Thanks!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-08-28 7:17]

Hello Pankaj,
Superb capture of a species of Club-tail dragonfly with excellent sharpness and detail, neutral BG and fine diagonal composition. Good use of flash too.
Well done and TFS!

This time you nailed a dragonfly instead of your usual butterfly atop lantana flowers, Pankaj.
This species of dragonflies is new to me and I have really enjoyed looking at its very individual features and colours.
The focus on the eyes and thorax is sharp as razor. Would like to know more about the species, though.
Thanks for sharing the picture, which, if I recall correctly, is one of the rare contributions from a butterfly expert.
Regards and take care.

bonjour pankaj
oh quel beau specimen,je note juste un manque de profondeur de champ qui se traduit par le bout de l'abdomen un peu flou.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-28 9:05]

Hi Pankaj.
What a superb shot of this amazing dragonfly. Pictures scene, its characters are great. Bright colours are excellent, composition is outstanding as well as the POV. For such subject the larger DOF is better. I think the ISO speed could be faster a bit. My compliments and TFS. Perfect job.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-28 9:42]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful one. Even I have a shot of this and thanks to you I atleast know its ID now. Very sharp image and neat focus on its eyes. The lantanas act as a nice perch again. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Pankaj,
good shot of this beutiful close-up with perfect sharpness, awesome and beautiful colour and details in it
very well composed and well seen indeed

Hi Pankaj, splendid dragonfly with wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-08-28 12:32]

Wow Pankaj - a beauty of a shot! Very crisp, and the flash light is very well handled, as is the entire exposure! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

Hi friend,
a good management of the light and the colours! The Details, sharp and DOF are great! Take care Ana:)

Hi Pankaj,
Wow!...Just a quick look, back later mf,

Amazing details....awesome eyes!! Great colors....sharp and well focus shot. And the notes are quite interesting. Thanks!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-08-29 4:28]

Pankaj first of all wonderful and amazing shot. Second excellent technical details. Brilliant BG and sharp details. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-29 20:14]

Hello Pankaj

A wonderful diagonal composition of this large dragonfly.The colours are bold and vibrant.The focus is very good with lovely sharp details.Nicely done.TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40558)
  • [2007-08-30 2:03]

Hello Pankaj,
An excellent note to go with an excellent picture. Beautiful composition with the focus on the wonderful blue eyes of the dragonfly. Not easy to take pictures with such a pose. The blurred background is a beautiful contrast to the brighter colours of flower and insect. Well seen

Bel et attrayant mélange de couleurs.
Bonne journée.

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