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Ground Skimmer(Male)

Ground Skimmer(Male)
Photo Information
Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-02-10 3:24
Viewed: 3983
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

This a male dragonfly not commonly seen in my place, Iíve added a close-up of the head and thorax in the workshop.

Ground Skimmer (Diplocodes trivialis)
Male: Abdomen: 19-22mm, Hind wing: 22-23mm.
Female: Abdomen: 18- 20mm, Hind wing: 22-24mm

Description: A small greenish yellow or blue dragonfly with black markings.

Male: Face is pale azure blue.

Eyes: Reddish brown above and pale bluish or yellowish below.

Thorax: Greenish yellow or olivaceous. The dorso-lateral area is violet brown and is speckled with minute dots. In old adults the thorax is covered with fine blue pruinescence.

Legs:Greenish yellow marked with black.

Wings: Transparent.

Wing spot: Dark grey to black.

Abdomen: The segments 1-7 greenish yellow with middorsal and subdorsal black stripes. Remaining segments black. In old individuals all markings are obscured by fine blue pruinescence.

Female: Resemble young or sub adult male. Abdominal markings are broader and continued on to segments 8-10. The 10th segment and anal appendages are completely yellow.

Habits and habitat: One of the commonest dragonflies in gardens, fields, playgrounds, etc. This dragonfly usually perches on the ground and rarely flies above 1m.

Breeding: Breeds in muddy puddles, tanks and pond edges.

Flight season: Throughout the year.

Distribution: Throughout Oriental region and Pacific islands.


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Hello KV,
perfect work with Ground Skimmer! I like composition, pose, details and colours.

Best regards, Leonid

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-10 4:05]

Excellent capture with great details and wonderful colors.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-02-10 4:19]

hi kv,
beautifully focused image, the dragonfly looks great against the background, only its bit tight frame, may be some more space in front would have made this more attractive. tfs.

Ciao Vral, splendid dragonfly with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Very good portrait of this dragonfly...
Nice close up with a lot of details throughout the insect.
Beautiful colors, point of view, depth of field and so forth.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-10 10:46]

this is such a beautiful image. that branch with thorns is very interesting and original.

this skimmer is beautiful and sitting there in an elegant pose. Excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello KV
excellent shot of this ground skimmer
superb pose and sharpness as well as the colors and the BG
very well done

hello kv,
shooting these insects is a tough job as most of the time the complete body is not in focus, by getting parrelel you have comeup with excellent results, precise dof, good sharpness and fine composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Vral,

I like the details of the dragon fly you have brought out in this picture, good composition...felt bit tight..though. tfs.

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