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Unknown (for me) dragonfly

Unknown (for me) dragonfly
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Copyright: Oana Otilia Saracutu (oanaotilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 28 N: 964] (3416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-04
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-18 11:38
Viewed: 3035
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another attempt of shooting insects, precislly, dragonflies.
I was ceasing them , in fact waiting to stay still for more than some seconds, but no way!
I don't know the species, so, I need some help for identification

Unknown became known thanks to Razvan: is a female (this I was almost sure) of Crocothemis erythraea, scarlet dragonfly.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Epiprocta
Infraorder: Anisoptera
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Crocothemis
Species: C. erythraea

The Scarlet Darter (or Broad Scarlet) is a strikingly coloured European dragonfly originating from Africa that has recently been recorded as an occasional visitor to the UK. If the British climate continues to warm up this species is a candidate for possible future colonisation. These photographs were taken in the Dordogne and in southern France. The dragonflies are generally very active in warm weather and quite difficult to approach. The females and teneral males (as shown in the last two photographs) are much more subdued in colour than their fully adult male counterparts and therefore harder to find. The legs are orange without any black markings and this feature and the broad abdomen should enable observers to identify this species relatively easily when making a comparison with the other predominantly red darter dragonflies. The second photograph was taken using natural light. (http://www.david.element.ukgateway.net/dragonflies25scarletdarters1.htm)

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-18 11:42]

Din nefericire si eu sunt putin depasit la acest capitol, insa stiu sa remarc o captura buna!
Imi place libelula ta si sper sa ma documentez in cel mai scurt timp.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-18 11:45]
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Hello Oana,
I don't know the ID but maybe this link could help you. Of course our specialists TN friends would be able to help you...
Great POV and composition. In fact I'd like to see a little bit more focus in the subject, but as you already told in your note, it was impossible...
Congrats and see you,

Digital Dragonfly Museum

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-18 11:46]

Buna Oana
Cred ca e vorba de o femela de Crocothemis erythraea (Scarlet Dragonfly), nu-i cunosc denumirea in romana.
O seara linistita

Perfect focusata aceasta minunata captura!
Culori si detalii perfecte!

Dear Oana!

You probably know that I'm not a specialist of insects. So I can't help you with the ID, but I'm sure that sooner or later a TN-member will help you. What about calling this insect meanwhile "Beauty"? She is, and you have put her well on stage!

Kind regards


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-19 16:51]

Hello Oana,
I am not sure if it was intended or not but this image have a very dreamlike quality to me, its really beautiful. The colors and the details are wonderful, great work Oana.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-20 11:05]

Hi Oana.They always seem to move when i get very close to them. I thought it was just me. I am goingto give it a good try this year. You were able to get a good side view with good detail and natural colours. well taken TFS.

Have a good Sunday.

Hi Oana.

Very sharp close framing of this dragonfly. The natural tone is so pleasing looking like a paler version of our amberwings.

You have worked beautifully with your lens in keeping the DoF shallow and focus is pristine.

Well done and TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-26 9:17]

Seara buna Oana,
si pentru mine este o libelula cu un ID necunoscut. Toate sunt libelule si gata.
Am incercat si eu sa pozez citeva, dar m-am lasat pagubas.
Compozitia ta este una frumoasa.
O seara buna,

Salut Oana
Très belle macro, excellente couleurs et netteté, belle lumière naturelle, très beau sujet.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

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