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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-07 2:29
Viewed: 1157
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

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 abdomen widens for the final third of its length and shows a marked pinched section where it joins the thorax.

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.

Range and Habitat

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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Excellent macro of a Dragonfly from your archives, neighbour Marius.
The details on the profile of the subject are sharp and beautiful.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-07 7:50]

Hi Marius,
I will repeat,but again very beautiful macro of a Dragonfly. Excellent details,
nice composition, amazing colors and background very nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Marius
Love the tac sharp detail and colour of this Ruddy Darter. They sure do a great job eating insects. Excellent DOF, colour and Composition. He's a really beauty!
TFS Janice

Hi Marius
I have difficult to photograph dragonflies. Not easy to me.
This species is similar to Mexican ones.
Sharp body.

Hello Marius

Great macro, with fine lateral POV, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-03-08 0:25]

Hello Marius,
Very beautiful macro of this dragonfly in superb sharpness and details. Splendid colors and POV. Nice blurred background and DOF.

Very beautiful Odonata species and very nice shot from lateral view. Thanks for sharing this beauty, Marius. Best wishes

Hello Marius,
Excellent photograph if this Darter. Very nice BG and great details. Like it's overall sharpness.
Thanks for showing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-08 14:50]

Waaw Marius,fantastic capture of this common dragonfly,the quality of sharpness is the top,from the end of tail till the eye,very very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, great macro of fantastic dragonfly, superb sharpness, splendid light, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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