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Common Darter

Common Darter
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1000D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-03 7:49
Viewed: 2707
Points: 16
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Common Darter - I hope I got the name right.. thanks for standing by.

The Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, though with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes.

Sympetrum species are not easy to tell apart and in most areas more than one Sympetrum species will occur. Females and Teneral individuals have light yellow thorax and abdomen. Males turn red as they mature. Females darken with age, becoming a dark chocolate brown, and sometimes develop a blue colouration to the bottom of the abdomen. The wings also develop a brown tinge with age. In all cases the legs have a cream or yellow stripe on a black background - this is a diagnostic feature of this species.

This small Dragonfly is seen in a wide variety of habitats, including lakes, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers. They are ambush predators, waiting on a prominent perch - such as a leaf or the top of a gate, until prey fly past, whereupon they will fly after it. They are territorial on breeding waters, often attempting to chase much bigger Dragonflies away such as Southern Hawkers. This habit of repeatedly returning to a sunny spot allows you to easily predict where they are going to land, which is why it is one of the easiest dragonflies to photograph.

In suitable hunting areas away from water, however, they are not territorial: large numbers may assemble - groups of several hundred in a single field have been recorded - and lines of insects can be seen along the top of field gates.

Eggs are not laid, but broadcast from the air: the male holds the female in tandem and swings her down and forward over water at a height of around 40cm. At the furthest point of the arc the female releases some of her eggs to fall on the water

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Hallo Sujoy,
about the ID i think that is not Sympetrum striolatum, may be Crocothemis servilia;
a very good capture, fine details, slendid colourts and lighting, very well composed
Best regards

Well done, Sujoy.
Nice light involved.

Ciao Sujoy, great POV on wonderful dragonfly, good DOF, fine details, beautiful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Sujoy
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-04 13:54]

Beautiful and strange perpsective and perfect focus direct on the face,very impressive eyes details,one of the most difficult things to take in the insects world.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

Hello Sujoy
wonderful capture of this Dragonfly, i love the POV, the head and the thorax are very well focused with sharp details, superb light and BG
Have a great WE

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-07 2:50]

Hello Sujoy,
beautiful capture of this dragonfly. The colour is so lively and the sharpness shown is splendid. You composed it so well with the diagonal view of the branch make the view quite graphical.
A nicely executed composition.


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  • v4vjk (51)
  • [2011-02-17 6:21]

wow nice photo

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