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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-28 6:16
Viewed: 3021
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Points: 28
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Even though dragonflies possess 6 legs like any other insect, they are not capable of walking.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.

Life Cycle

Female dragonfly lay eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants. When laying eggs, some species will submerge themselves completely in order to lay their eggs on a good surface. The eggs then hatch into nymphs. Most of a dragonfly's life is spent in the naiad (that is, nymph) form, beneath the water's surface, using extendable jaws to catch other invertebrates or even vertebrates such as tadpoles and fish. They breathe through gills in their rectum, and can rapidly propel themselves by suddenly expelling water through the anus. In flight the adult dragonfly can propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side.[1] Some nymphs even hunt on land,[2] an aptitude which could easily have been more common in ancient times when terrestrial predators were clumsier.

The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller species, this stage may last between two months and three years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. Exposure to air causes the larva to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as five or six months.

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Hello Paras! Perfect shot, good contrast and sharpness, ideal natural colours. Very god note. Well done!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-28 6:23]

Wonderful dragon fly today!
Great details and colors.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-28 6:34]

Hi Para,
Beautiful macro, clear with some good details and colors.
Have a pleasant day,

Hallo Paras,
Deine Heidelibelle hast Du aus einem schönen Blickwinkel heraus fotografiert.
Man sieht schön ihren muskulösen Körper und es sieht aus, als ob sie Dir die Zunge herausstreckt ;-)
Ich liebe Libellen, vielen Dank und liebe Grüße

Sabine - wishnugaruda

A beautiful shot, I love the POV you've chosen, buddy!
I also see some noise, try the unsharpen mask on CS3.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-28 9:00]

Excellent macro of this Dragonfly!

Wonderful capture this lovely dragon fly!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-28 10:35]

Hi Paras,very nice point of view,difficult,but you manage all very well,the details and the sharpness are fantastics,excellent light position too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Paras,

This picture can be described as "impressionistic." It is difficult to make a critical, in fact this is a set of great character and very specific characteristics that make it very interesting and enjoyable, despite breaking some rules.

I'm surprised, is a picture to be viewed several times.



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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-28 15:39]

Slav Paras,
Very nice macro of this dragonfly very goode details and colors.TFS.

Ciao Paras, splendid light on fantastic dragonfly agaist a wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Paras. Good close up with amazing brilliant effects on the wings. Amazing BG.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-29 9:07]

Hello Paras,
Beautiful close macro of this dragonfly. The sharpness and details are amazing. On my screen the light on the wings is a bit OE. Good POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-30 9:23]

Hello Paras,
good macro shot, the details are nice and the colors are beautiful, the oof bg lloks good and offers nice contrast to the insect,
well composed shot,best regards Siggi

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