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Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
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Copyright: Martina Koloska (electra) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 0 N: 148] (679)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix 4900Z
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-24 9:02
Viewed: 5197
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my friends, here is a note about the Southern Hawker. This infos are from: http://delta-intkey.com/britin/odo/www/cyanea.htm

I shot my Southern hawk near the botani garden in Bielefeld.- I like this beautiful animal. (my picture too ;-)) I hope you too.

Southern Hawker Dragonfly.

Adults. Adult body about 65–70–75 mm long. Average wingspan 100 mm; hindwings 43–50 mm long.

The eyes dorsally broadly contiguous; brown and green, or brown and blue.

Legs brownish black, or black and yellow (the undersides of the front femora yellowish). Thoracic antehumeral stripes present (these broad); apple green. The wings spread more or less horizontally in repose; dissimilar in shape and venation; sessile; unpatterned and clear. The inner wing venation blackish. Discoidal cell divided longitudinally into a conspicuous triangle and supra-triangle. Antenodal veins in the forewings about 20–22 (fewer in the hindwings); incorporating two conspicuously stronger primaries, and those in the costal and subcostal spaces unaligned. Pterostigma elongated but only about about twice as long as wide; black (in the male), or dark brown (in the female).

Abdomen linear from a conspicuously swollen base (less basally swollen in the female, and briefly somewhat constricted adjoining the swelling in the male); 52–58 mm long (female), or 51–60 mm long (male); predominantly dark brown (with green and yellow or green, yellow and blue markings); complexly patterned (spotted and banded with green and yellow, and with complete bands on segments 9 and 10 which are blue in the male and green in the female); with a conspicuous, median yellow triangle on segment 2; with mid-dorsal spots. Abdominal segments 9 and 10 exhibiting complete bands. The male abdomen auriculate on segment 2; with a single inferior anal appendage.

The eyes large; approaching one another closely at a point on the top of the head; convex dorsally, their posterior margins not aligned. The head in dorsal view not markedly narrowing from immediately behind the eyes. The postocular lobes curving sharply to the back of the head from some distance behind the eyes. The antennae 7 segmented. The mask shortly abruptly narrowed well before the hinge, with the prementum stalked to narrowed gradually to the hinge (the prementum relatively elongated). The prementum quite elongated, being nearly twice as long as the width of its front. The mask with a flat prementum; with a short slit-like median cleft. The prementum bearing 0 major setae. The body of the labial palps bearing 0 major setae. Distal margins of the labial palps entire. Legs shorter than the abdomen; fore- and middle tarsi 3-segmented.

Distribution. Northern Scotland, northern England, English Midlands, Wales, southeast England, southwest England, Isle of Wight, and central southern England. Adults on the wing early June to late October (generally in best mature condition late July to late September).

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Excellent shot Martina, very good composition and amazing detail. Your frame is also interesting. You would think that the Dragonfly is writing the caption. Very nice work.

Hallo Martina,
das ist so eine tolle Libelle, ich hatte noch nie die Chance so eine zu sehen. Ich habe bislang nur Heidelibellen "aufgetrieben", bin keineswegs unzufrieden über die Ergebnisse, aber Deine ist eben besonders schön. Sie hat sich wie ein Model für Dich postiert, die Schärfe und die Farben sind wunderschöne.
Vielen Dank, ich liebe diese schönen Insekten, Gruß Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Martina,
Well captured. Nice colours, sharpness and excellent BG. I like the POV and really like the way you have framed this shot.
I have done a quick WS to enhance the colours, I hope you don't mind.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-24 15:17]

perfect composition
profesional work
congratutations Martina.
TFS Libor

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-24 15:43]

Great composition and details. Nice position on the flower. Alan's workshop is fantastic. Really accentuates the contrasts and colours.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-24 15:59]

Hi Martina,
Very nice macro!
Excellent composition and POV,
very sharp and clear details,
great colour.

Great macro Martina. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. WEll done.

Hi Martina,
You have caught this dragonfly very well.
Well composes, good details and very nice colours.
I also like the DOF and POV.
Very well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-25 3:16]

Very nice view, Martina. Good capture. I like the sharpness and colours. Very well done.
TFS, Aleksander

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-25 3:30]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting dameselfly that you have well captured ! It is very good quality shot with a superb presentation ! Congratulations Martina.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-25 4:43]

Hello Martina!
Very nice close up.Details are crisp clear.I liked POV,sharpness,colors and composition also.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-09 16:58]

Such a beauty, Martina!
Perfect on details, colors and sharpness!
5* photo!

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