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Sympètre rouge sang - Ruddy Darter

Sympètre rouge sang - Ruddy Darter
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Copyright: Morag Hamilton (lebois) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 3 N: 81] (236)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Exposure: f/4.6, 30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-13 11:33
Viewed: 3553
Points: 6
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I photographed this eye catching dragonfly today whilst out visiting the Grand Lac de Jemaye near where we live. It is my first attempt at a dragon fly! I think I have identified it correctly.
The Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae.
The Ruddy Darter attains a wingspan of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings.
The all-black legs of the Ruddy Darter distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum), both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.
The Ruddy Darter can be found between the months of July and November. Mating takes place on the wing, with the coupled pair performing a dipping flight over the water. The female jettisons her fertilised eggs at the water surface by alternating movements of the abdomen. The male will hover nearby during this period and protect the female by driving off any approaching males.
The larvae spend the year beneath the water surface before emerging and pupating into adults.
The Ruddy Darter is to be found in temperate regions throughout Europe as far west as Siberia and as far south as the northern Sahara. Its conservation status is regarded as secure, and indeed numbers seem to be increasing in some locations such as central England. It tends to prefer quiet bodies of water that feature semiaquatic vegetation such as rushes and reeds.

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Very little pp just a very slight crop, sharpen and resize for web.

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Hi Morag!

  • Great 
  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-13 15:43]

Hello Morag,
A very good first try for this dragonfly: in fact doesn' t look at all like a first try.
Good sharpness and composition.
Well done and TFS

Bonjour Morag
C'est une merveilleuse photo en macro
que cette Jolie libellule,très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG

Merci et au revoir...JP

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