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Early Morning
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Copyright: Melania Marchi (ikonta) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 16 N: 172] (732)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-10 8:21
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Points: 26
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Sympetrum fonscolombii often spelt fonscolombei
(Selys, 1840)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Sympetrum
Species: S. fonscolombii

The red-veined darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum. It is a common species in southern Europe and from the 1990s onwards has increasingly been found in northwest Europe, including Britain and Ireland. Its name is sometimes spelt fonscolombei instead of fonscolombii but Askew (2004) gives the latter as the correct spelling. There is genetic and behavioural evidence that S. fonscolombii is not closely related to the other members of the Sympetrum genus and will at some time in the future be removed from this genus.
S. fonscolombii is similar to other Sympetrum species but a good view with binoculars should give a positive identification, especially with a male. Males have a red abdomen, redder than many other Sympetrum species. The wings have red veins and the wing bases of the hind-wings are yellow. The pterostigma are pale with a border of black veins and the underside of the eye is blue/grey. The female is similar but the abdomen is yellow, not red, and the wings have yellow veins, not red veins as found in the males. The legs of both sexes are mostly black with some yellow. Immature males are like females but often with more red.

Male S. fonscolombii can be mistaken for Crocothemis erythraea as both are very red dragonflies with yellow bases to the wings, red veins and pale pterostigma. However C. erythraea has no black on the legs, a broader body and no black on the head. Also C. erythraea females do not oviposit in tandem. The jizz of these two species is different and with some experience are easy to tell apart.
Occurs in much of central and southern Europe including most Mediterranean islands, in Africa, the Middle East and south-western Asia including India, Sri lanka, and Mongolia. In Europe it is resident in the south of its range but in some years it migrates northward and has been found as far north as Belgium, Sweden, Poland and northern England. It is the only libellulid to be found in the Azores and it is also found on the Canary islands and Madeira.

It is found in all sorts of still water but being a migrant it is often found away from water. It has been seen flying over the sea.
S. fonscolombii can be seen on the wing throughout the year around the Mediterranean and in the south of its range, however, its main flight period is May to October and it is scarce during the winter months. It is a territorial species with the males often sitting on an exposed perch. After copulation the pair stay in tandem for egg laying and pairs can be seen over open water with the female dipping her abdomen into the water depositing eggs. Pairs are known to fly over the sea in tandem dipping into the salt water where the eggs soon perish. The eggs and larvae develop rapidly and S. fonscolombii unlike most other european dragonflies has more than one generation a year.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sympetrum_fonscolombei

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Great to be your neighbour on the gallery today, Melania!
This blown-up macro of a dragonfly's face is marvellous.
Superb sharpness and amazingly beautiful colours.
Well done and TFS.

hello Melania
this is very good light !
i like the colours and the details with good BG.
great shot Melania
greeting lou

hello Melania,

what a great macro shot with exellent sharpness and details.
Fine colours.

Well done.


Ciao Melania, foto da copertina di national geographic, grande opera d'arte, non ho le parole adatte per dire quanto mi piace, e che ti devo criticare....spettacolare, bravissima, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-10 11:16]

Hello Melania,
Fantastic light and bright colours in this photo. Superb details on the head. Nice contrasting dark BG.

Hello Melania,
Outstanding capture with superb details and amazing focus.
Exceptional macro with lovely natural colours and nice POV.

Ciao Melania!
Amazing close-up. Marvelous colors, full of details, good composition... I also like a lot the fine water drops on the wings.
Great job!

Hello Melania,
Very impressive colours and great dark background. The light is amazing. Great capture! Cheers,

EXCELLENT shot Melania,
AMAZING light and colors
Perfect DOF
Great POV and details

TFS Thijs

Ciao melania. Quoto Silvio. Merita la copertina! I colri sono strepitosi e buona la luce. Appena tenera di sharp, forse.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-09-10 22:31]

Dear Melania!

Congratulations for this outstanding picture. It simply is superb! The colours are so well managed and create a very pleasant impact. Moreover, the overall quite dark lighting gives the picture a particular aspect and attracts the eye. The droplest on the wings are like little pearls and clearly add to the value of the picture. I also like the originality very much as it is a different picture of what we usually see about dragonflies. The picture has a strong artistic aspect.

I have to put it in my favourites...

Kind regards


Hy Melania
I discover with pleasure your galery and I realize that TN gain another good wild-life photografer.
Among your images, I really like this one, for me insects coverd by morning dew are still something far away....
Excellent sharpness, nice pose.
Congratulations for this!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-12 9:53]

Hello Melania
Superb portrait
Well done

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