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Female Red-veined Darter

Female Red-veined Darter
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Género: Lugares
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2008-09-19
Categorias: Natureza
Câmara: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposição: f/5.6, 1/320 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
Data de Submissão: 2008-11-06 0:38
Visto: 1122
Pontos: 42
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter)(Female)

The male's gaudy appearance and active behaviour is quite different from its more restful and subdued congeners. A strong migrant, erratic influxes are seen in northern Europe in early summer, when other Sympetrum are only beginning to emerge.

The wingtips of this species have small yellow-coloured pterostigma, edged with black, which distinguish it from the Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum). S. fonscolombii belongs to the family Libellulidae, whose members are strong fliers often perching on exposed reeds from where they dart out to snatch prey. Adult red-veined darters are red (males) or yellow (females), showing beautiful saturated colours. Young animals may be greenish, with black stripes on the thorax and abdomen, while the definitive colours are not fully developed. Total body length is 33-40mm and the Abdomen length 22-29mm, Often confused with the Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) because of the blue underside to eyes, yellow hindwing base, red coloration and active behaviour. However, that species is much broader-bodied and has no black on the face or legs. The female can be deceptively close to that of the Yellow-winged Darter (S. flaveolum), but the eye colour and vulvar scale –(a structure below 8th abdomen segment in females, along which the eggs leave the body, present in those species that do not oviposit into plant tissue)- are distinctive. Vulvar scale appressed, with broad U-shaped incision. The extent of hindwing patch is variable. Legs rarely all-black.

It ranges widely in warm parts of Africa and Asia. Resident and often common in the Mediterranean, but rare and irregular in the north. This strong migrant has been observed at sea and is the only libellulid on the Azores (Portuguese islands chain in the Atlantic Ocean). It prefers the warm, still waters, often open, bare and shallow, such as quarry lakes, sand pits, newly created ponds and coastal lagoons. Its life cycle is unlike other Sympetrum species, because the eggs develop rapidly after being laid, without a winter rest. It is observed throughout the year in the Mediterranean, though scarce from December to February.


1. Chinery, M. (1986). Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe, Collins, Glasgow, 320 pp.
2. Dijkstra K.-D. (2006). Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe including Western Turkey and noth-Western Africa. British Wildlife Publishing, Dorset, UK. 320 pp.
3. Beaton, G. (2007). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Soustheast. University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, 355 pp.


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Bayram Hocam merhaba
Yani dünyanın en iyi makinasını da alsam, sizin gibi makro çekmem mümkün değil
Olağanüstü detaylar
Elinize sağlık

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Işık detaylar ve kompozisyon olarak gööz dolduran bie kare
Selahattin E

Hi neighbour Bayram!

it's ssoo splendid!
this is a very nice shot. the clarity and colours and not forgetting your POV here. lovely bounced light and the BG is great!


Merhaba Bayram,

This is a great pov and although the peripheral details are clear, the strong backlight leaves the face a little obscure.
I have done a w/s for you to try to lighten this.
Please tell me what you think.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello my dear friend;)
i really love the spectacular bounced light
and the lovely texture specially on the bush where the darter settled here,
great work indeed,
welldone and tfs,

Hello Bayram,
This is a superb dragonfly image with much visible details of its tibial spines. Although there appears some OE in the wings, I don't mind it as it resulted in star-like effects and is balanced by the dark b/g. My compliments. Danilo

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-11-06 7:27]

Merhaba Bayram bey...
Gerçekten harika bir macro çalışması olmuş, böcekteki duruş ve arka fluluk güzellikler katmış...eline sağlık...notunuzu anlayamadığım için üzgünüm, keşke bizim gibiler için ufak bir Türkçe not ekleseydiniz...selamlar

Merhaba Bayram bey,
Doğal renklerinde çarpıcı bir kare...
Olağanüstü bir macro. Eline sağlık.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

magnifique captation de l'insecte. La subtilité de la lumière.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-06 9:34]

Great shot in difficult light conditions Bayram! Good sharpness, good detials and a beautiful image, well done!


Hello Bayram,
Remarkable macro image with sharp details and vivid colors in a very pleasant composition.
Thank you for sharing.
Regards Siegfried

Merhaba Bayram, beautiful female too wuth splendid light, fantastic macro with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bayram Bey,nasıl bir kare bu,bu ne nefis bir ışık.Yani yazacak kelime bulamıyorum sahiden.Muhteşem ötesi bir çekim.Öyle etkili bir ışık var ki,işte bu,işte bu diyorum.Dakikalarca izleyebilirim,gönülden kutluyorum sizi,süper süper süperrrrrr :)

I love the pose and composition of this picture but don't think that the backlighting has done you any favours - the colours are muted and details aren't as sharp as they could be. The sparkle off the wings does draw the eye somewhat, taking the attention from the dragonfly.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-11-06 13:20]

Hello Bayram!
Pretty insect, colors and picture.
Beautiful Effect.

Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent macro once again!
Great POV and perfect timing.
Congratulations and TFS.

Merhaba Bayram
Netlik,keskinlik ve kadrajıyla harika makro.
Ellerine saglık.

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Işığın ortaya çıkardığı nefis detaylarıyla, mükemmel bir makro çalışma.Kanatlardaki yansıma enfes.Elinize sağlık.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-11-07 0:01]

Hola amigo,
beautiful backlight,
original macro and effective pov ...
saludos Bay.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-11-07 17:01]

Mükemmel Bayram hocam. Peri gibi:)
Eelinize sağlık.

another one that is sharp, Bayram.. i like the sunlight on her wings.. its just beautiful to look at.. excellent work.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-02-02 2:29]

Merhaba Bayram,
well shown and i learnt that it is a female. Well used of lighting with the wing tip glowing and its outline of hairs are seen.


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