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Sympetrum striolatum

Sympetrum striolatum
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-20 11:57
Viewed: 2321
Points: 26
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For the regulation I thank the Maurizio.

The Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe, occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, though with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes. In the south of its range adults are on the wing all year round.

Sympetrum species are not easy to tell apart and in most areas more than one Sympetrum species will occur. Females and Teneral individuals have light yellow thorax and abdomen. Males turn red as they mature. Females darken with age, becoming a dark chocolate brown, and sometimes develop a blue colouration to the bottom of the abdomen. The wings also develop a brown tinge with age. In all cases the legs have a cream or yellow stripe on a black background - this is a diagnostic feature of this species.
Adults can be seen on the wing all year round in southern Europe but in northern regions they occur from June to November.
This small Dragonfly is seen in a wide variety of habitats, including lakes, ponds, canals and slow-flowing rivers. They are ambush predators, waiting on a prominent perch - such as a leaf or the top of a gate, until prey fly past, whereupon they will fly after it. They are territorial on breeding waters, often attempting to chase much bigger Dragonflies away such as Southern Hawkers. This habit of repeatedly returning to a sunny spot allows you to easily predict where they are going to land, which is why it is one of the easiest dragonflies to photograph.
In suitable hunting areas away from water, however, they are not territorial: large numbers may assemble - groups of several hundred in a single field have been recorded - and lines of insects can be seen along the top of field gates.
Eggs are not laid, but broadcast from the air: the male holds the female in tandem and swings her down and forward over water at a height of around 40cm. At the furthest point of the arc the female releases some of her eggs to fall on the water.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-20 12:02]

Hi Siegfried. A fantastic close up of this Dragonfly.Very good use of the light which in turn has given sharp detail. Along with natural colours. well taken TFS.

very good:)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-20 12:21]

Hello Siggi,
Great photo taken from a very good POV. Excellent sharpness, details and natural colours. Beautiful matching OOF BG.

Hello Siegfried,
Impressive sharpness and POV wonderfully dynamic! Congratulations! good job!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hallo Siegfried,
about the ID i think this is a young female Sympetrum striolatum, the legs in Sympetrum depressiusculum are entirily black, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, a very nice composition with a splendid BG.
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-20 13:43]

Hi Siggi,
Very good close up with great sharpness,details and nice colors.Fine composition.TFS.
Best regards,

hello siggi, this is absolutly a perfect macro, lights, colours and sharpness are perfect, thanks and have a nice week
best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-20 16:17]

Hi Siggi,

I guess this is the only place I will see a Dragonfly this summer. There haven't been any around here in the desert. An excellent capture with marvelous colors and sharp details of the head, body and wings. Just beautiful against the green background.


Good Morning MF,

Fine macro capture of this pretty d-fly while perching on a twig from nice POV with nice clarity, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-20 21:07]

Hi Siggi,
Splendid lights and colors, very fine sharp details. TFS!

Ciao Siegfried. Good POV for a lightining diagonal compo and beautiful colours. Exciting BG.


Hi Siggi,
Thanks to You, Maurizio, Jesús and some others I, although being a "fungiman", fell in love with damselfly photos. Yours is an excellent piece of Art (with big "A"), top class sharpness and colors, wonderful composition, great background blur, and all these supported by splendid lights. I would once love to try this kind of shot myself. Tfs this masterwork.
Friendly regards, László

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-22 22:29]

Hi Jacqueline.
This shot is so beautiful as previous one. DOF is simply great as well as sharpness of the leaf and insect. Great use of nice lens. Colours are awesome, I like their delicateness and richness at the same time. My best wishes and compliments.

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