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Male Emperor

Male Emperor
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Copyright: steve weeks (weeksy) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 30] (120)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, 105mm 1:2.8 Sigma
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Treknature photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-16 11:35
Viewed: 3672
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this male Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) a couple of weeks ago. It was surprisingly approachable and allowed me to take a few close up shots.

The Emperor is common and widespread in southern Britain, where it prefers well vegetated ponds and lakes. The males are very territorial, engaging in spectacular aerial dogfights with intruders. Females lay eggs into submerged vegetation. The larval stage usually takes two years to develop before emerging as the winged adult.

Cheers, Steve

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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-16 11:38]

Hi Steve. This isa good close up showing fine detail in the head and eyes. Yes i have seen many in southern england of late. You have bright but still natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-08-09 9:35]

Hi Steve , just poking around your gallery here :-) , I found it a bit hard to believe that this shot has only one critique. it is a great macro , certainly worthy of better compliment , nice sharp detail , with a good color representation ,thanks for sharing it

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  • rocko (264)
  • [2010-04-17 5:45]

We don't have many dragonflys.how can you tell if it is a male or female?Regards

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