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The Emperor II

The Emperor II
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-14 17:11
Viewed: 3954
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's another shot of the Emperor dragonfly. Again, this was taken at College lake nature centre.

Dragonflies undergo a type of development known as incomplete metamorphosis in which the aquatic larvae (sometime called nymphs) undergo a series of moults; the stages between moults are known as instars or 'stadia'. After hatching from eggs, the larvae develop quickly through the summer; they enter their final instar during the autumn of the following year, and then enter 'diapause', a form of hibernation, before emerging as adults early the next summer. In the first few instars, the larvae swim by undulating the body from side-to-side; later on they develop a system of jet-propulsion which enables them to easily escape from predators such as water bugs, fish, other dragonfly larvae and beetles. The larvae of the emperor dragonfly are themselves voracious predators, armed with fearsome mouthparts known as a 'mask'; the mask is normally tucked under the head, but is rapidly extended in under 25 milliseconds, piercing prey as large as small fish.

After diapause, final instar larvae leave the water and crawl up vegetation. The adult emerges, leaving the discarded skin of the nymph attached to the plant. The new adults undergo a period of feeding and maturation before starting to reproduce. Males set up territories, which they defend fiercely against other males; they fly rapidly at two to six meters over the water, and very rarely come to a rest. During mating, males and females form a typical 'wheel' mating posture, in which the male grabs the female behind her head using the claspers at the tip of his abdomen. After mating the female lays her eggs in floating vegetation, keeping low to avoid encounters with territorial males.

This species is not threatened at present, however many dragonflies are vulnerable to water pollution and loss of habitat by infilling of ponds, and drainage of water bodies.

The profile of dragonflies has been raised in recent years, and many landowners build ponds in order to encourage them. The British Dragonfly Society aims 'to promote and encourage the study and conservation of dragonflies and their natural habitats, especially in the United Kingdom'.
Here is a link to a previous post of this Dragonfly.

Notes from Arkive.org

Thanks for looking.

I may not be on TN much over the next couple of weeks. I have a few Football matches to attend. Also next week, I'm sadly going to be another year older!! so a relaxing trip away somewhere sunny is needed.

phlr, PDP, marhowie, Signal-Womb, AndyB, TAZ, dew77, carper, sAner, puffy, red45, Lyanna, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-14 17:20]

Very nice Alan and looks the right way up :-). It may please you to know that next week you will be another week older, only this time next year will you be another year older :-)

Very good shot of this Emperor. Well done.

Hi Alan!
Next wonderful shot!
I really like your macro.

Nice shot Alan, Great colors and light. Now hold on with the sadly another year older business my friend! When you can put that 52nd candle on your b-day cake, then you can be sadly another year older.. Just a bit sad that is ;-) Well done. PT

Another very fine capture of the Emperor. Great detail and POV Alan. Have a nice trip you deserve a rest for all your hard work you put in on TN. Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-14 19:34]

Hello Alan,
Its an excellent capture.
Nice detail and colours,excellent composition and DOF.
Next week your another year older,so will I...what date?
Mines the 22nd.
Great work,well done.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-15 4:32]

Very good shot of this big odonata!
Very beautiful species!
Not common in my country, Portugal.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-15 5:20]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful close up.Simple BG,colors,details and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Great shot Alan!
I've never managed to capture this fellow, actually I've never seen it sitting stll ;-)
The photo is almost perfect, details are sharp and colours great. I like the composition very much.

The photo is nice Alan,
personal I think that the pov can be done better, the dof is fantastic, and the composition is good, so a very nice job you did,
gr. Jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-15 6:33]

Hi Alan,

Magnificent shot. Great details, superb colors, stunning BG and nice POV. No nits from my side. Well done & TFS!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-15 8:40]

Nice shot Alan, great DOF, colours, details and sharpness, just superb! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-15 9:39]
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This is ultimate trophy for all Odonata fans ;-) Nice composition, very good pose and quality.
Happy birthday Alan! And have a good trip!
What football matches by the way?

Happy Birthday Alan! I'll be leaving for Germany, Austria and Hungary today so I won't be here either! Be sure and check Fisher's contribution to the pecker category! ;^)

Another great post from you, TFS!


Wow, not only am I impressed with the picture, but also with the very useful information you provided. I currently have several larvae in my pond, a couple of which crawled indeed up on plants in my pond and then came out as adults. I had no idea actually that they'd already been in the pond for a year!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-15 23:17]

Hello again Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Good matches and a wonderfull new tour around the sun for you!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-16 3:52]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb damselfly ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good, again ! Thanks for sharing Alan.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-17 18:01]

Alan, this insect has beautiful colors.

Great composition and sharpness. Lovely bg too.

itīs scientific name is ANAX IMPERATOR....what a name...suitable for one of the biggest dragonflies we have...



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