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Anax imperator

Anax imperator
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-19 11:08
Viewed: 2504
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator, is a large and powerful species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 millimetres (3.1 in) in length. It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia. As it wanders widely it can also be encountered elsewhere.
Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax. Females have a green thorax and abdomen. The male is highly territorial, and difficult to approach. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.
This powerful dragonfly is one of the largest species in Europe. They frequently fly high up into the sky in search of prey, which includes butterflies, Four-spotted Chasers and tadpoles; small prey is eaten on the wing. The females lay the eggs into plants such as pondweed, and always lay alone.

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Ciao Siegfried. Very good capture in low light but with intrigant refletcions and colours results


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-19 11:45]

Hello Siggi,
A really great and very well-timed capture of this female Emperor laying eggs. I like the sharp focus on her face and the beautiful wings reflected in the water. A fine composition too.
TFSD and best regards, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-19 11:58]

Hi Siegfried,
What an interesting pose for a dragonfly!
Definitely unusual.
Is she depositing eggs or something?
Great moment captured.
Also good reflection.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-19 12:07]

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful photo of this dragonfly. The colours/light make the photo a bit mysterious, very nice. Excellent sharpness and a great POV. Nice reflection.

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent capture with this Emperor laying his eggs. Nice reflections and colours. Cheers,

hallo siggi, sehr schön getroffen, absolut natürliche farben, sogar das spiegelbild auf dem wasser ist zu sehen....
danke fürs zeigen

Hello Siegfried,
interesting capture of this dragonfly in the pose of laying eggs! the entonro is eloquent and the POV (almost flush with the insect) is very good. The light is rather low ... Is it a cloudy day when this photo? ... that light makes it appear that it is a damp and overcast day. TFS, Regards, Jesús.

Hallo Siegfried,
a very beautiful macro shot of a female Anax imperator laying eggs, very good sharpness and splendid colours, a very pleasing composition with a marvellous reflections.
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-19 14:48]

Hello Siggi,
Very good macro shot from great POV with excellent sharpness,colors and perfect details.Very nice composition.TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-19 16:03]

Hi Siggi,

This is a winner - interesting, unusual and of the highest quality. Fantastic timing to capture this Emperor Dragonfly as she lays her eggs. a beautiful view of her face, wings and body. The reflection is magnificent.


Hi Sigfried,

Excellent shot
Great moment
Perfect sharpnes and composition
Lovely colors, POV, and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-20 1:05]

Czesc Siggi!

Trafila Ci sie piekna scena do sfotografowania i dobrze wykorzystales moment. Podoba mi sie kompozycja z wazka odbita w wodzie i ladnie widocznymi kolorami. Ja jeszcze nie widzialem tego gatunku w tym roku.

Ciao Siggi, great macro of wonderful dragonfly, splendid reflections, fine details, excellent sharpness and good natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Siegfried
very nice pose with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Haha:) i think this Emperor trying to create a love wheel with its amazing mirror reflection:) Funny...
Great post in every way MF Siggi.
TFS this and have a nice night!

Hello Siegfried
great moment captured of this Emperor Dragonfly laying eggs in the water,
very fine presented scene, great sharpness and beautiful light
also the reflections in the water is nice
Have a good night

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