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Ruddy darter Dragonfly /2

Ruddy darter Dragonfly /2
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-23 19:34
Viewed: 3461
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ruddy darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)


The ruddy darter takes its name from its colour and its swift flight behaviour. The male dragonfly has a deep russet colour over the entire body and the abdomen has a pinched section close to where it joins the thorax. Females are slightly smaller, golden yellow in colour and being less obviously marked, are more difficult to identify than the males. There is more than one red coloured darter in the UK and they can be easily confused with each other. The commonest red species, the common darter, can be distinguished as having red veins at the base of the wings and a less ruddy colouration across the body. This is more readily visible when the insect is at rest. However, the ruddy darter has entirely balck legs, distinguishing it from all other red darters which have longitudinal yellow stripes on their legs. This feature alone cannot be used to identify the red darter, since immature black darters also have entirely black legs.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-23 19:43]

Hello Jeanpaul,
I see everyone is after the big red ones ;-), including me and captured some at my favorite pond.
You did very well, I like this composition the Red looks really nice on this BG. POV, detail and lighting is wonderful.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Nicely composed with great pov. Clearly seen picture with this Ruddy Darter stand out. Well done and TFS.

Hi Jeanpaul,
These are really colorful dragonflies. Nice color saturation and sharp detail in this shot. Looks great to me.

Hello Jeanpaul,
this is a very nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Encore une jolie photo de cette magnifique libellule ! Sa couleur est vraiment splendide. Les détails tout comme les couleurs sont excellents, et la composition est très bonne. Tr-s bien joué !

Hello JP,
Nice framing of this colorful insect!
I like your composition, interesting lines...
Good colours and fine details!
Pablo -

nice capture Jeanpaul,
good taken shot, nice composition, try by a shot like this the dragon as subject to held out the middle of the shot. Farther good job.
gr. jaap

Hello Jeanpaul,
Clear details with good exposure and colors..
This bright red color always stands out well in the frame..makes em' easier to spot in the field as well :)
Well done & TFS!

Hi Jeanpaul.
Say hello to the best topmodel of TN :)
Very very good captured, dear friend. Composition, colour, POV, DOF, BG... all details are excellent. Perfect macro! Congratulations

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-24 13:48]

Another lovely Ruddy Darter photograph. I'm rather fond of these as it is the only dragonfly I have ever captured :)

Nice colour, nice POV and good details.

Very nice. TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-24 21:07]

Hello jeanpaul

Another beautiful capture.Very good on POV and DOF.The colours are splendid. TFS


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