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Portrait of a Vagrant Darter

Portrait of a Vagrant Darter
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/32, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-22 3:15
Viewed: 2150
Points: 22
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Class: Insecta; Order: Odonata; Family: Libellulidae;
Genus: Sympetrum; Species: Sympetrum vulgatum

The Vagrant Darter, Sympetrum vulgatum, is a European dragonfly. The species takes it English name from its habit of occasionally appearing as a rare vagrant north of its normal range.

Length: 35-40mm
Like the Common Darter but the mature male is a deeper red. The sides of the thorax are not so well marked. In hand examination of the frons is needed to be sure of this species.
Shallow ponds and lakes with abundant marginal vegetation.
Status and Distribution:
Rare migrant from Central Europe.
Similar species:
Very similar to Common Darter. The black transvers bar above the frons descends down the inner margins of the eyes. A character not seen except when examined in hand. Possibly under recorded.

Source: Wikipedia and British-dragonflies.org.uk



Klasse: Insekten; Ordnung: Libellen; Familie: Segellibellen; Gattung: Heidelibellen; Art: Gemeine Heidelibelle

Der Kopf, der Brustabschnitt (Thorax) und der Hinterleib (Abdomen) der Tiere sind beim Männchen rot, beim Weibchen eher bräunlich-gelbrot mit schwarzer Zeichnung gefärbt. Eine sehr ähnliche Art ist die Große Heidelibelle, deren Thorax außerdem zwei hellere Seitenstreifen trägt. Des weiteren trägt der Kopf eine schwarze Stirnzeichnung, die bei der Großen Heidelibelle an den Augen endet, während sie sich bei der Gemeinen Heidelibelle ein Stück weit an den Augen herunter zieht. Als drittes Unterscheidungsmerkmal besitzen die Männchen der Gemeinen Heidelibelle einen zum Ende hin deutlich verbreiterten Hinterleib. Die Beine sind schwarz und besitzen oberseits eine gelbe Färbung, die bei der ebenfalls ähnlichen Blutroten Heidelibelle (Sympetrum sanguineum) nicht vorhanden ist. Frisch geschlüpfte Heidelibellen, deren Cuticula noch nicht vollständig ausgehärtet ist, sind hellbraun, können aber bereits flugfähig sein.
Eine Unterart der Gemeinen Heidelibelle ist aus Nordspanien als Sympetrum vulgatum ibericum beschrieben, deren Gesamtfärbung insgesamt sehr viel heller ist.

Quelle: Wikipedia

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-04-22 3:46]

Hallo Helmut,
Portrait of a great macro ..
Very sharp details and superb pose, wonderful colors too.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Helmut,
Today is Earth day, I would like to congratulate your serious and continuous effort to documenting the NATURE of our planet, let us come to make our planet pollution free for our future generation.
this is a very nice picture in all respect.
Anna added " We, the generation of now must encourage our children to get involved in nature and we must show and teach them our love for nature."
with best wishes.

Hello Helmut
Wow impressive details, nice colors and composition. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

Ciao Helmut.
Splendido primo piano di libellula con ottimi colori e grande nitidezza, notevoli i particolari,
Ciao Marco.

Hello Helmut,
A very interesting capture of a lovely dragonfly,perfect focus and sharpness,excellent light balance and rich background too.
Best regards

hello Helmut
very good macro with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Interesting macro Helmut! The sharpness is impressive!

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-22 11:22]

HI Helmut,you were brave to try a difficult macro like this,and the result is a great spectacle! Magnificent details,sharpness and colors,the light reflections on the eyes are fantastics!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Helmut, fantastic portrait with amazing details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-23 18:41]

Hello Helmut,
Outstanding super macro. I am always amazed whenever I view an extremely close-up shot of an insect, because they look so different then what were used to seeing.
Love the fine detail and vivid colors. Excellent DOF achieved and perfectly exposed. Well done!!

Hello Helmut.
This is a fine close portrait of this darter. Beautiful sharpness and excellent details rendered in the frame.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.

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