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Four-spotted Chaser

Four-spotted Chaser
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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: 2011-05
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-01 1:45
Viewed: 1647
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), known in North America as the Four-spotted Skimmer, is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae found frequently throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
Top-view, female
The adult stage is found between April to early September in the United Kingdom, and from mid-May to mid-August in Ireland. Larvae have a two year developmental cycle. Adults feed predominantly on mosquitoes, gnats and midges;[1] the larvae feed primarily on other aquatic insect larvae and on tadpoles.
There is a variant form, praenubila Newman, which has exaggerated wing spots. This is believed to be related to water temperatures during larval development, and appears to be more common in Europe than in the Americas.
The Four-spotted Skimmer is the state insect of Alaska.
This active Dragonfly mainly lives by ponds, vernal pools, and slow flowing rivers; they are most common in June and July.
The brown colour and the four spots on the wings make them unmistakable.
The male is considered to be highly aggressive and will defend a given territory from incursions from other males of the species. The male is known to form preferences for prominent perches and will often return to the same perches around the margins of pools and ponds whilst it patrols for intruders. Both sexes are prolific fliers and mating takes place in the air, rather than on perches or amongst the vegetation. The female lays her eggs on floating vegetation. They tend to be easier to approach than Broad-bodied Chasers.
The larger Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) is one predator of this species. Another is the Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris).(Wikipedia)

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-01 2:40]

Fine portrait of this chaser, good details and colors. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-01 3:08]

Hi Siggi,
Excellent photo of this Dragonlfly, great sharp and colorful details, TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-01 3:43]

Hi Siggi,great capture from a nice point of view,the usual fantastic sharpness and colors,i like a lot the light reflection on the eye!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-01 4:27]

Hello Siegfried,
splendid image of this beauty in a great pose!
Great sharpness and detail, beautiful warm colours. Very nice background. Well done!!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Siggi,
fine capture of the Four-spotted Skimmer with good sharpness and beautifully natural colours. I especially like the matching background which is nicely blurred.
Best wishes,

Good clean shot of a Chaser, Siegfried.
The focus on the dark eye is spot on. I am also impressed with its sturdy looking wide abdomen. I would be curious to see the male od this species.
Thanks and regards.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-11-01 5:51]

Hello Siggi,
a well-focused and well-exposed picture of the dragonfly.
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Siegfried. Great POV here and stunning detaisl agasint the blurred BG. Superb colours.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-01 7:02]

Hi Siegfried,
Another very nice shot.Nothing to critique. Composition,colours and sharpness details
are very good.
Regards Jiri.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-01 7:33]

Hello Siggi,
A photo in great clarity and very beautiful colours of this dragonfly, nicely matching with the background. Excellent sharpness, details and POV.

Hello Siegfried,
This is very good species. I see firstly time it. Thanks a lot for sciens and picture.
Have a good night

Czesc Siggi,
strasznie sie ciesze, ze nie doszlo do tragedii w Warszawie i 230 osob zostalo uratowanych!!!
A Twoje zdjecie jak zwykle super technicznie zrobione! Bardzo dobre szczegoly.

hello Siegfried
great picture with good details
nice composition and good naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Siggi, fantastic dragonfly on a beautiful lighing BG, superb details, splandid sharpness, wonderful metallic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Siegfried.
Una macro con dei dettagli stupendi.ottimi i colori reali della librllula grande gestione della luce,bene la composizione.Complimenti
ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Siggi,
Excellent photo captured with impressive sharpness and details. I also like the beautiful colours, perfect POV, nice composition and clear BG. Well done!

Buena luz y colores con una impresionante nitidez.
A la izquierda algo de espacio creo que hubiera mejorado el conjunto.
Un pequeña joya !!

Saludos Siggi: J. Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-11-01 14:13]

Hello Siggi,
Great photo of this dragonfly with excellent sharpness,colors and wonderful POV.Very well done!...

Witaj Siggi,
ciekawe czymjaprzekupiles ze siediala nieruchomo mniesie to jeszcze nie udalo,pozdrawiam

Excellent detailed photo from a good point of view and with a nice background. regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-02 6:02]

Hello siegfried,
such a sharp and well shown features of this dragonfly. Excellent view with the close up makes it so dramatic and special.
Pleasant colors and the presentation is very lively.


great capture Siggi, excellent focus as always and very nice composition,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

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