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Northern whitefaced darter

Northern whitefaced darter
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-01 1:46
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Points: 28
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The White-faced Darter (Leucorrhinia dubia) is a small dragonfly belonging to the genus Leucorrhinia in the family Libellulidae. Its flight period lasts from May to August. It is found in peat bogs from northern Europe eastwards to Siberia. In southern Europe there are populations in some mountainous areas such as the Alps and Pyrenees. In Great Britain it is rare and local with the largest population in the Scottish Highlands.

The abdomen is 21-27 mm long and the hindwing is 23-28 mm long. Mature males have a black body with red and orange markings on the abdomen and thorax which become darker with age. Young males and females have pale yellow markings. All have a conspicuous white frons at the front of the head. The wings have a brown patch at the base.

It breeds in acidic pools with extensive growth of Sphagnum moss. The male holds a small territory near water. Copulation with the female often begins over water before they settle on the ground or in low vegetation for about 30 minutes. The female drops the eggs amongst submerged moss or the stems of cottongrass. The larvae live amongst the Sphagnum; they feed mostly at night but are also active during the day. They take one to three years to reach adulthood with two being most common. They emerge between May and early July, climbing out of the water up a plant stem before flying away from the pool. Males become mature 4-12 days after emergence and females a few days later.

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Ciao Hans, lovely dragonfly against a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Hans,
a very beautiful capture of the White-faced Darter, superb shapness and splendid colours, harmonious composition
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-05-01 3:11]

Hi Hans,
Four Wings ...
Composition, sharp details and natural colors perfectly.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Hans
Incredible sharpness obtained here. Details are seen with great clarity, especially the texture on the wings and the fine hairs on the thorax. A great macro, favourable composition and pretty colours. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-01 3:58]

Hello HAns,

Leucorrhinia dubia is a very rare species here!
I've never seen.
Many thanks for this very clear picture that shows the specimen!


Ciao Hans. Good diagonal compo with exciting light and intrigant detailed wing's texture. Excellente DOF. Wlel done.


Hallo Hans,

Mooie foto van deze libelle, is dit de heide libelle?
Goed van detail,en achtergrond blijft soms moeilijk om die vrij rustig te krijgen.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.

hallo Hans
deze is weer SUPER mooi
super scherp en mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

Cristal clear image with tons of details, Hans! Good dept of field, cover well every part of the dragonfly.Warm colors and good composition! Very good job indeed!
George Veltchev

ciao Hans!
surely a splendid macro of this species
that i see for the first time
good definition and natural colors
thanks for posting sERGIO

Hello Hans,
Great capture whith superb details and excellent BG.
Excellent contrast and lovely composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-01 15:19]

Hi Hans,great choice of point of view and light for the best result,the sharpness of the wings is fantastic,and wasn't easy whit this terrible background!!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Hi Hans,
Awesome Dragomfly MF! pefectly focused, impressive BG archieved with f/8, correct ligth and a little "central" composition, but very adecuate to show us the insect. TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-01 17:00]

Hi Hans,
to be able to identify this darter needs a lot of knowledge and experience. Im definitely not in this circle.
I like its sharpness and clarity and the colours. Each segment is well seen and with nice details.
Well presented in its natural surroundings.
The soft background makes it even better.


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