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Erythrodiplax umbrata

Erythrodiplax umbrata
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-11-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-12-14 15:04
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Points: 14
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Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Erythrodiplax
Species:umbrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

This is a larger dragonlet, second in size only to the similar Black-winged Dragonlet (E. funerea). Mature males are olivaceous with a broad stripe in the wings extending between the nodus and pterostigma. Males become pruinose, but the cerci remain pale. The wing band becomes progressively darker with age. Females may be similar to the male, but with a paler, reduced stripe in each wing that does not reach the pterostigma. Other, generally more common, females lack a prominent wing band, but have dark wingtips. Young individuals of both sexes have pale rectangular spots laterally on the abdomen. Occasionally the hindwing may be amber or brown basally.
Total length: 38-47 mm; abdomen: 23-34 mm; hindwing: 25-34 mm.
The similar Black-winged Dragonlet is much less common and characters are given to separate it under that species. Other similar species include Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus), which has wings with much heavier maculation, and Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa), which may be confused with young male and female individuals with unmarked wings. Great Pondhawk, however, is bright green with the abdomen well marked with black. The face and thorax of Band-winged Dragonlet are olivaceous or greenish-brown in young individuals of both sexes.
This species will occasionally roost in large numbers on the branches of trees with their wings characteristically depressed below the body. Males guard females during egg laying like other members of this genus and will patrol around ponds.
Florida and Texas south throughout Central America south to Argentina; occasional stray to eastern U.S.

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Hello Luciano

Excellent macro of this insect, fine POV and appropriate
vertical framing. great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-12-15 17:49]

Hello Luciano,
A new species for me and a very pretty specimen. I like its unusual gray, black and light olive green colored body. Focus is sharp on the subject, but the BG seems to be a tad bit grainy. I have to admit I am not used to hearing the term dragonlet, so I had to check the web to see what the difference between dragonlet and a dragonfly was:)

Hi Luciano
A good one. The BG seems to be distracting. Otherwise a good POV.

hallo Luciano
great shot of this beautiful dragonfly with nice spots on the wings
gr lou

iao Luciano, gran bella anche la libellula cubana, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Luciano,

Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la Libellule. La bonne luminosité rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2017-01-08 10:49]

Hi Luciano! Very nice picture of this dragonlet! I think it is the frist one that I see of this species.
Thank you for sharing it..

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