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NZ Bush Giant Dragonfly

NZ Bush Giant Dragonfly
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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: 2006-12-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 6:24
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New Zealand Bush Giant Dragonfly
(Uropetala carovei) Maori : Kapokapowai
This is another shot of the Bush Giant Dragonfly we found near Cave Creek in the Paparoa National Park at Punakaiki.
I have posted other shots of this previously,so I'm taking the liberty of copying the information from my previous posts. Most of it I found in Andrew Crowes splendid book 'Which New Zealand Insect'

Although probably smaller than many other tropical species, 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 snatch prey.

Later on I will post a photgraph of this one laying its eggs.
I hope you like it.

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Beautiful, greeting from Turkey...

Hello Steve,
Good to see you after a rather long hiatus.
This is an exotic species of dragonflies from New Zealand.
An interesting point of view that gives very good impression of the colours and designs on its body. The focus is quite sharp on the subject.
Thanks and take care.

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