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Uropetala carovei with prey

Uropetala carovei with prey
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-31 16:10
Viewed: 4304
Points: 34
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Uropetala carovei
Bush Giant Dragonfly

This is New Zealands largest dragonfly, with a wingspan often reaching 14 cm or more.
The Bush Giant Dragonfly, Uropetala carovei, is often seen hovering around forest clearings during summer months, and its clattering flight is audible to the human ear. They are known to be voracious predators, and can eat as many as 20 houseflies in an hour. They have also been observed catching large cicadas.
They are preyed on in turn by rats, kingfishers and even wasps.
The male can be identified by a pair of broad claspers at the rear end.
The Maori name Kapokapowai means 'water snatcher' obviously alluding to the water dwelling larva, which, like all dragonflies, has a long extendable jaw that shoots out to catch prey.

I photographed this one with a Cicada on the Otira Valley track at Arthurs Pass.

Hope you like it.
Thanks for looking.

writerscrawlz, banaei_nikon, zulfu, bahadir, Morigann, Argus, Dis. Ac., flashpoint, haraprasan, boreocypriensis, eng55 has marked this note useful
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Great macro, here! Love the colors and the action going on. Nice details, good dof, and lighting. Keep focused, snapping, and posting! Good notes, also, by the way!
:-) Kathy

Hi Steve
Impressive moment captured
Good shot. Nice macro....good contrast. Good efforts.
Well done

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-31 22:21]

Hello Steve, superb close-up shot of this feeding dragonfly.
Sharp details and nice point of view.
TFS and G's,

Hello Steve, great close-up in both dragonfly and its prey.
TFS and greetings, Bahadır

Hello Steve,
very nice close up of this U. carovei with his prey. Great focus on the head.
Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-01 1:56]

Hello Steve,
A great close macro of a Giant dragonfly with its cicada prey taken from a great POV to show its head, powerful legs and thorax with fine sharpness and detail. It dominates the grassy BG well in this fine composition.
A great shot and thanks for posting it,
Have a good week,

Hi Steve,

another insect that I never been seen before, TFS.
Good of details and with beautiful colours.


hello Steve!
excellent Pov for this capture
amazing giant species of dragonfly
the details of head is very fine despite the dark color...thanks for sharing

best sERGIO

Woooow - Steve - that's marvelous!!!
I remember you once told me, you don't have many dragons in your country - but the one you have is gigantic!!! What a fantastic dragon, I love that shot, spectacular!
It must be amazing to see such a big dragonfly so close, thanks, I like it so much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-01 5:39]

Hello Steve,
Very beautiful macro, taken from an excellent POV. Great sharp focus on the head and prey. Very nice natural and contrasting colours. Good DOF, composition and BG.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-01 6:10]

Steve, This is a superb closeup shot and a wonderful presentation. Clear and sharp picture Ganesh

Namastay Steve,
A nice close up of this huge dragon with a equally huge prey. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. I would also like to see the whole dragonfly. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-01 9:31]

Hi Steve

This looks like a really big and ferocious one :)
The Bush Giant dragonfly is something that we see few images of here on TN so thanks for posting this.
I like the close-up on the head - that also shows its lovely colors and great natural contrast.
Nice work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Steve, amazingly perfect macro capture of a strange black & white dragonfly while it feeding with an homopteran cicadid.
TFS and cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-01 11:53]

Hi Steeve,
Magnificent capture.Exposure is spot on,focus and POV couldn't be better.Sharpness,lighting and moment you caught are great.
I like it a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-04 21:16]

Hi Steve,
Excellent macro image with immaculate sharpness and details. Nice moment captured and I like those big eyes. Good DOF and composition.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-15 4:14]

Hi Steve,
what a lovely and excellent point of view depicting this unique dragon.
Very effective view to show its strength and beauty of Black and white stripes.
Lovely shot in original composition.


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