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Red-veined Darter

Red-veined Darter
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Copyright: Mehmet Karababa (caspian) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-13 13:16
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Points: 24
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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter) [in Turk. Yusufçuk]

The red-veined darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum. It is a common species in southern Europe and from the 1990s onwards has increasingly been found in northwest Europe, including Britain and Ireland. Its name is sometimes spelt fonscolombei instead of fonscolombii but Askew (2004) gives the latter as the correct spelling. There is genetic and behavioural evidence that S. fonscolombii is not closely related to the other members of the Sympetrum genus and will at some time in the future be removed from this genus. S. fonscolombii is similar to other Sympetrum species but a good view with binoculars should give a positive identification, especially with a male. Males have a red abdomen, redder than many other Sympetrum species. The wings have red veins and the wing bases of the hind-wings are yellow. The pterostigma are pale with a border of black veins and the underside of the eye is blue/grey. The female is similar but the abdomen is yellow, not red, and the wings have yellow veins, not red veins as found in the males. The legs of both sexes are mostly black with some yellow. Immature males are like females but often with more red.

Male S. fonscolombii can be mistaken for Crocothemis erythraea as both are very red dragonflies with yellow bases to the wings, red veins and pale pterostigma. However C. erythraea has no black on the legs, a broader body and no black on the head. Also C. erythraea females do not oviposit in tandem. The jizz of these two species is different and with some experience are easy to tell apart. Occurs in much of central and southern Europe including most Mediterranean islands, in Africa, the Middle East and south-western Asia including India, Sri lanka, and Mongolia. In Europe it is resident in the south of its range but in some years it migrates northward and has been found as far north as Belgium, Sweden, Poland and northern England. It is the only libellulid to be found in the Azores and it is also found on the Canary islands and Madeira.

It is found in all sorts of still water but being a migrant it is often found away from water. It has been seen flying over the sea. S. fonscolombii can be seen on the wing throughout the year around the Mediterranean and in the south of its range, however, its main flight period is May to October and it is scarce during the winter months. It is a territorial species with the males often sitting on an exposed perch. After copulation the pair stay in tandem for egg laying and pairs can be seen over open water with the female dipping her abdomen into the water depositing eggs. Pairs are known to fly over the sea in tandem dipping into the salt water where the eggs soon perish. The eggs and larvae develop rapidly and S. fonscolombii unlike most other european dragonflies has more than one generation a year.
Askew, R.R. (2004) The Dragonflies of Europe. (revised ed.) Harley Books.pp180 and 213
Boudot JP., et al. (2009) Atlas of the Odonata of the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Dijkstra, K-D.B & Lewington, R. (2006) Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe.

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Dostum makroda da iyi olduğunu bu karenle anladık:)
Yakında kelebeklere de başlarsın:). Petek gözlerdeki ommatidiumlara kadar detay yakalamışsın. Sığ saha derinliği ile dikkat başta toplanmış. Her bakımdan enfes bir çalışma olmuş. Fronstan aşağı doğru uzanan ince siyah çizgilenme ile S. fonscolombii dişisi gibi görünüyor. Teşhisin sanırım doğru. Ellerine ve emeğine sağlık.
İyi geceler dostum!


Ciao Mehmet. Intersting POV fors thi portrait in good details. Bit burned yallow and white anyway a good macro shot.


merhaba Mehmet Bey,
çok güzel bir yakın çekim olmuş. kutlarım. özellikle bileşik gözlerin petekleri harika çıkmış. renkler ve açısı da çok güzel. elinize sağlık. yakın çekimlerin devamını görmek dileğiyle iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-13 15:43]

Hi Mehmet,a very good close up whit an excellent details on the eyes,perfect colors and nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-13 21:44]

Hello Mehmet
Excellent portrait!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Mehmet,
A nice closeup shot of this beautiful dragonfly's head. Good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Mehmed bey nefis bir yakin cekim. Detaylar olaganustu..

Ciao Mehmet, fantastic portrait, wonderful details of multiple eyes and splendid sharpness. very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Mehmet bey muhteşem makro.
Ellerinize sağlık.

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Yusufçuklardan net bir fotoğraf çekebilmek bana henüz nasip olmadı. Petek gözlerin binlerce parçası seçiliyor.
Elinize sağlık,

Merhaba Mehmet bey, çok detylı ve nefis bir makro!
Ellerinize sağlık. Selamlar.

mükemmel bir makro.
ellerinize sağlık.
gözler mükemmel.
En güzel dileklerimle,

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