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Club-tailed dragonfly

Club-tailed dragonfly
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-16 2:40
Viewed: 3202
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Club-tailed dragonfly - Gomphus vulgatissimus - Beekrombout.

Club-tailed dragonflies are medium-sized yellow-green and blackcoloured, with a noticeable club-shaped tail. In mature adults theeyes are a dull green colour and donot meet over the top of the head.

Adult dragonflies have alow zig-zagging flight andfrequently perch on the ground,in low vegetation or tree tops.They fly between early May tothe end of June.The cases left by the larvae whenthey become adults are short andsquat, unlike many other dragonflylarvae cases which are long andslender.

The larvae live on river bottoms eatingother insect larvae, water fleas, snails,tadpoles, and even small fish.Adults eat smaller flying insects,including small flies, midges andmosquitoes which they catch andeat in mid-flight, scooping them upwith specially-shaped legs.

Club-tailed dragonflies are found onmedium to large slow moving riverswith silty beds. After spending aroundthree to five years in the larval stagethe larvae emerge from the river, shedtheir larval cases and become adults.After emerging the adults fly to nearbywoodland, where males attract females in a courtship display. Adult males return to the river fromnearby woodland about a week afterthey have emerged from the larvae. Here they fight other males for thebest stretches of river, and search for females to breed with.

Poor river water quality,dredging and other destructive rivermaintenance is harmful tothis dragonfly. There is alsoonly a short period of timefrom mid May to mid June when the larvae emerge from the water and become adults.Trampling at this time from stock at the rivers edges can kill off larvae as they try to emerge.It is important to have woodland with bracken-filled glades not too far from the river, where theadults can hunt and attract mates.

Adults often fly very high amongst the tree tops – higher than many other dragonflies –and can be found 5 or 6 miles from the river.

horias, wishnugaruda, mwmod99, marius-secan, maurydv, nglen, Dis. Ac., boreocypriensis, jhm has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-16 2:42]

Hi Hans
Perfect shot of the Club-tailed dragonfly!
Details are so sharp! Congratulation!

HI Hans,
now I realy get jealous - and if Noord-Brabant wouldn't be soooo far away from me, it's about 700 km, I would visit you immediately to go outside with you to see these impressive dragons.
It's the right time now for them - but in this rainy and cold weather they will not come out - I hope to see them in a few weeks, keep your fingers crossed for me, thanks.
This shot can't be done better, a perfect POV, sharpness and light are excellent, I realy enjoy looking at this one.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Beautiful capture Hans. The white balance seems quite OK this time. Dept of field, well can be improved, of coarse and the tip of the nearest eye almost on the edge of the focus field. Good sharpness, and colors. Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Hans,
Excellent sharpness and colours. Very nice capture with amazing details and sharpneess.
Very complete photographer's note.

Ciao Hans. Interesting POV here for a balanced compo. Very good natural colours and details.


Hallo Hans,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Club-tailed dragonfly, very good sharpness and beautiful natura colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-16 7:26]

Hello Hans
Just perfect!
Thanks for sharing

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-16 9:47]

Hi Hans. I have yet to see a Dragonfly we have the dameslfies out but it has been very cool in England this week. This is a fine side shot of the Club-tailed dragonfly . You can see where it gets its name from. i like the detail in the wings which you have captured so well TFS.

Hallo Hans,

een erg mooie close up van de libelle.
Goed van scherpte en detailering met mooie wazige achtergrond.
Prachtige kleuren.


Wow! Impressive shooting MF Hans! The clarity and focus look impeccable, excellent background too. You've composed the it on the leaf nicely.
TFS and have a nice evening/new week MF!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-16 11:42]

Hallo Hans,
Bedankt voor je commentaar op mijn eerste foto van Senegal. Een interessante, indrukwekkende maar bloedhete vakantie.
Wat een prachtige foto van deze Beekrombout. Fantastisch in alle aspecten. Enorm scherp en schitterende kleuren. Vanuit een perfect standpunt genomen.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-05-17 23:16]

dag Hans,

Libellen fotogrefzeren is een specialiteit, tot op heden niet echt mijn ding.
Ik vind dit een prachtige foto, scherp en aantrekkelijk.
Goed gedaan, bedankt.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-18 16:28]

Hi Hans,
never seen the club tail yet. Very interesting and exciting capture you present here. The details of the striped yellow and black is lovely.
The sharpness is great especially the wing.
Very amazing beauty.


hallo Hans
Super mooi is deze weer
goed van scherpte en super mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

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