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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-31 16:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today another picture from Scandinavian trip, and another insect from the area of Lapland :>

This is a male of Azure Hawker - Aeshna caerulea (Stroem, 1783) (Odonata: Aeshnidae)- one of 9 species from this genus living in Sweden and one of only a few dragonlies occurring so far in the North.

Distribution: mainly north part of Eurasia (polar regions), in Europe common only in Sweden, Finland, and Estonia, noted also from some other countries in wchich it is found usually in mountain areas, including e.g. Poland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia.

Habitat: alpine and arctic moors, heaths and tundras where it breeds in bog pools and sedge swamps

Flight period of adults: May-August (in most areas July-September)

Size: up to 62mm (one of the smaller European Aeshna species)

Sexual dimorphism: male blue, female browish

Food: different smaller insect species (in place where this specimen was photographed, many individuals of this species were hunting mainly for mosquitos! You can see a single mosquito on the tree trunk above dragonfly! :>)

Behviour which allow to survive in cold regions: this species is know as basking on light surfaces thanks to them its body warms. When it try to bask, it usually does it on the tree trunks (picture!!!) or stones.

This picture was taken during one-day walk (some 38km) in the Muddus National Park, N Sweden. The day was cloudy and rather cold.

And last but not least I would like to dedicate this photo to Odonata lover from my home-town - Grzegorz (red45) :>

rousettus, bahadir, red45, maurydv, boreocypriensis, jazdzurka, siggi, uleko, horia has marked this note useful
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Incredible capture, Radomir. Such a lovely blue insect. You've got such detail from the tree, even, that I cannot tell where the wings end and the tree begins. Thanks for sharing.

good morning Radomir.
very beautiful dragon species and its great macro shot with superb coloration, POV, focus and composition. nicely framed. notes always informative and good. thanks for sharing this beautiful shot. best wishes and have a wonderful day, my friend

Hello Radomir, a beautiful shot of this strange dragonfly with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-09-01 2:14]

Czesc Radek!

Przede wszystkim serdeczne dzieki za dedykacje! Wlasciwy zwierz dla wlasciwego czlowieka :-) Musze Ci powiedziec, ze nadal walcze i w tym sezonie udalo mi sie w Ogrodzie namierzyc kolejne dwa, nowe dla mnie gatunki wazek.

Kolejny bardzo fajny zwierzak ze skandynawskiej wyprawy. Nie widzialem nigdy tej wazki, a wyglada naprawde bardzo ladnie. Jeszcze bardziej podoba mi sie to, ze siedzi na pniu sosny (?). To chyba rzadkosc. Super fota, moze troszke za ciemna, ale to pewnie kwestia indywidualnych ustawien monitora.

Hello Radomir,
a very beautiful and interesting macro shot of the Azure Hawker, very good sharpness, excellent POV and DOF, a very pleasing composition with a lovely pose of the Dragonfly on the beautiful old tree ( with another small insect)
Best regards

Hi Radomir,

A picture worthy of being view. The insect's details are very good, the pose in vertical composition is very nice. My congratulations in particular for the light level, me seems suitable and very well worked.



Hi MF Radek

A superb capture of this handsome male of Azure Hawker from a splendid POV with excellent clarity and details. Nice dedication to our mutual friend Greg too.
TFS and cheers,


Fajne zdjęcie, chociaż robione w trudnych warunkach. Ładna kompozycja i kolory. Może nieco za ciemne i przez to na miniaturze słabo widać ważkę.
Przy okazji zastanawiam się, czy to właśnie tę ważkę widziałam w Norwegii latającą o północy (niestety nie mam zdjęcia, bo była ciągle w ruchu).

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-02 5:28]

Hallo Radomir,
Tego tam wypatrzec i w tym nienajlepszym swietle tak dobrze uchwycic-gratulacje!
Doskonaly kadr,bardzo dobra ostrosc swietna prezentacja.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-02 12:09]

Hi Rado,very interesting this unusual collection of scandinavians insects,this seem the brother of Aeshna mixta living in my country.Excellent sharpness and colors,maybe it's just a little dark....my best compliments for this work,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Radomir,

an nice picture from this Dragonfly.
Good pov and dof.
Fine natural colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-05 8:01]

Hello Radomir,
A great capture of this beautiful Aeshna species that I'd love to see. Its colours are really beautiful and details here very sharp.
I always imagine Muddus as a cold place full of mosquitos!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-05 12:34]

I missed this beauty Radomir!
Though I have seen A. caerulea in Lapland, I have never been able to photograph it. This is a fine capture, perhaps a little dark on my screen, taken from a great lateral POV with excellent sharpness and colours to clearly show the features.
Nice dedication to Grzegorz!
Thanks and all the best,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-07 13:54]

Hello Radomir,

Excellent shot of this dragonfly on this tree!!
Very beautiful blue!



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-09-11 1:49]

Hi Radek

Nice to see you too and hear that you've been traveling and working and all's well :)
This is a nice capture of yours of this interesting northern species, so rarely seen on TN.
To me, it's a bit interesting to see it on a tree...usually i see them flying or among reeds :) But you were lucky with this pose and you managed to take good advantage of it. Details and colors are good, but personally i feel it's a bit dark. No big deal, though.
Anyway, thanks for presenting this beautiful species that i, too, hope to see one day.

Have a lovely weekend and TFS

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