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Odonata facts

Odonata facts
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-31 16:47
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Fact File:
The compound eyes of some dragonflies may have up to 28,000 facets.

Some naiads can shoot out their labium and catch prey in only 25 milliseconds.

Scientists have documented large-scale migrations of dragonflies. One swarm was observed 1,400 km off the coast of Australia.

Some immature damselflies establish feeding territories, areas that are defended against invasion by other conspecifics. Territorial species develop more rapidly and produce larger adults than other non-territorial species.

Many adult male dragonflies establish and defend territories along the perimeter of a lake or stream. Females will mate only with males that hold a territory, so population density is somewhat regulated by territory size.

Male Odonata have claspers at the end of their abdomen, but no external genitalia. Before finding a mate, a male attaches a spermatophore to his second abdominal segment. He then grabs a female around the neck with his claspers and she retrieves the spermatophore with the genital opening of her abdomen.

Most dragonfly naiads can move forward by "jet propulsion". Rapid contraction of the rectal muscles forces water out the rear end and shoots the insect forward.

Male damselflies (and perhaps some dragonflies) have a special flagellum associated with the copulatory organ that can reach into a female's body and remove sperm deposited by another male in a previous mating.

Dragonflies are known by many interesting common names, including "snake doctors", "devil's darning needles", and "mosquito hawks".

I found this info HERE.

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/125 - Handheld - No flash

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To phlr: I thought it was a splendens.extramundi 2 02-01 03:40
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-31 16:51]
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Hi Felipe, very nice composition - especially with the black background. I do think you have posted sharper pictures of this species - this one looks a little soft in focus on, especially around the head area. Well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-31 16:51]
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Wow Felipe!
You are better and better!
It's a Calopteryx virgo!
It belongs to the Zygoptera suborder.
Excellent POV and BG!
Perfect on details!
Keep on going!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-01-31 16:55]

Very interesting and nice macro. Excelent composition with perfect details, colors and light.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-01-31 16:56]

Wow, thats al there is..
Thanks Reina

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-31 16:58]

Hi felipe,
Fantastic shot!
Excellent lighting work and amazing details in the wings,
great dark background and nice colours.
Very nice one!

Olá Felipe,
que detalhes!!!perfeita essa foto, cores incríveis, detalhes muito bons!!


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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-01-31 17:58]

Hello Felipe beautiful composition wonderful photo very sharp nice colours I like it very good work my friend Felipe thanks regards Stavros

Hola Felipe
Esta es una foto verdaderamente increíble.
Su definición es espectacular y su claridad excepcional.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-01-31 20:01]

Felipe-. Te felicito por tu foto, veo grandes detelles el ella y muy buena profundidad de campo, exelente. Luis52

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-01-31 21:10]

Great contrast in this shot! I like it a lot however it's a bit too soft. Try some sharpening.
Best greetings,

Hi Felipe,
its a beautiful picture with very nice contrasts.
Its a wee soft but stilla very good picture.
The pose and POV are great. Well composed and nice colours.
Well done.

Excellent DOF and POV. Colours are vivid and the detail is awesome. Background looks really good.

Well done

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-01 2:07]

Hello Felipe!
Excellent close up.Details,sharpness,POV,
framing and composition are wonderful.

Very nice Felipe, but maybe too big a crop for the DSC. I like the metalic colours.

Eye catching picture of precious colours and very fine details. The arrangement a little bit too closely cropped at the bottom. The dark background emphasizes the fragility of the wings and the body, and the overall darkness also adds a dramatic note, like a painting of Velasquez.
Best regards, Peter

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-02-02 1:57]

Wow ! What a superb "libellule" that you have very well captured with the old F717 ;-) Great sharpness and contrast ! Interesting complementary note also... Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-08 22:58]

Hi Felipe
This is an excellent macro. Well composed and exposed with the BG nicely bringing out the detail of the wings. The dramatic effect very well brought out by the overall darkness of the photo.
Well done and TFS.
PS. As kids we used to call the dragonflies helicopters.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-09 4:12]

Hola Felipe.
Que gusto volverte a leer, gracias a tus tips creo sigo aprendiendo y mejorando, en cuanto a tu foto es fantastica,un increible close-up, colores detalles contrastes y composicion son excelentes.

PD.te enviare un mensaje a tu e-mail pues necesito un consejo tuyo.

The subject was difficult with black background and shiny damselfly, but the result is excellent. Think it's Calopteryx virgo merdionalis.
Best regards.

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2006-02-21 11:25]

Excelente foto, las texturas de las alas de la libelula son impresionantes, parece una hermosa y delicada pieza de joyería. Como siempre un detalle excelente.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-09-21 12:44]

Hi extramundi..
Very special capture with a great composition,
I liked the sharpness and the dark bG that improve the the design of the dragonfly.
a very metalic colourfull one...
well done.
PS: by the way they (sony) fix the problem in your 717 ? for FREE ?

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-02 3:24]

Hi Felipe and Cristina,
superb macro.I like sharpness of the wings.
Good job.

Very interesting and nice macro. Excelent composition with perfect details, colors and light.

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