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Slaty Skimmer (male)

Slaty Skimmer (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-13 21:50
Viewed: 2466
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
here is a Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta). and a male. interestingly.. what i have noticed.. the adult males of this species come in two different shades. more bluish and more purplish. don't know the reason, but adding the later one to the workshop.. for sake of an example.

but more interesting is the fact that i found both the 'types' sitting on the same perch [as you can see in the photographs].. obviously, at the same place then.. but in a gap of more than one month! this photograph was taken on 14th August, 2012.. and the workshop one, on 6th July, 2012!

or could it be two different species? after all, Bar-winged Skimmers also look quite alike..
though, i still believe, both the subjects added here, are Slaty Skimmers only.

this species, Slaty Skimmer, can be found in the eastern part of United States. the females have yellow-brown stripes. flight season: May to October.

PS: some sources say, the purplish one is adult female. and the striped one, juvenile. am confused!

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To tuslaw: :)rubyfantacy 1 09-18 07:49
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Confused or not, technically a good sharp picture, and good clarity on the subject, good DOF


Hi Ruby,
Sorry I can't help you with the ID but I have to say, This is an Excellent composition with amazing sharpness and colors.

Superb shot with your compact camera once again, Ruby.
Why can't I do the same with my SX20?
The focus is just perfect and I like that catch-light on the eye.


truly special work here! Well done Ruby ... my friend!
George Veltchev

hello Ruby
super sharpness and great pose of this beauty
good light and beautiful colours
thanks gr.lou

Hello Ruby
Interesting dragonfly and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness

Hallo Ruby
Great shot. The colours are so beautifully vivid and the detail well seen. Excellent composition, precise focus and great point of view. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-15 18:31]
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Hello Ruby,
A superb shot of this attractive male Slaty Skimmer. Outstanding detail and beautiful coloration. I can see why you are confused about your second dragonfly, as I too have found conflicting photos and discriptions on the web. I agree with you, I believe they are both Slaty Skimmers.

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