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Libellula quadrimaculata

Libellula quadrimaculata
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (neusser0204) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 49 N: 2151] (8737)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05
Categories: Nature
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baisers volés [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-01 0:57
Viewed: 1653
Points: 18
[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, femaleThe 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.
HabitatThis active Dragonfly mainly lives by ponds, vernal pools, and slow flowing rivers; they are most common in June and July.

IdentificationThe brown colour and the four spots on the wings make them unmistakable.
Libellula quadrimaculataThe 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.

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Good tight shot here.

What lens are you using to get these shots?

Another amazing macro capture from a dragonfly enjoying a photo-session for you, Lieber Siggi :)

Great focus on its eyes and prefect color contrast between the subject and the surroundings.
The sharpness and POV are excellent.
Great work!

Viele Grüße

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-06-01 6:25]

I have long admired your macro work on TN. This image is sharp as a tack with incredable detail and bokeh.
Would love to see EXIF/equipment/PP data in the note.
Nicely Done

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  • JoMo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 4 N: 125] (788)
  • [2011-06-01 6:26]

Beautiful detail! Really impressive. It's a pity all the exif data is missing. Would love to know what kit you used.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-06-01 7:01]

Hi Sigfried,
Another fine capture of this golden dragonfly! A very sharp macro adorned with perfect lighting. A nice face to face POV with great details. A totally blurred BG to produce such a 3D effect.
Very neat work.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

HI Siegfried...excellent Macro shot...great details, excellent light and composition.


Hi, wonderful macro, stunning clarity. Phil.

Very nice macro of this dragonfly. Good dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Ol+a siggi
It is not just the good focus and the light...it is to look and see how beatiful nature is in its tonalities and shapes
Um abraço

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2011-06-01 13:38]
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Czesc Sigi,
Brzytwa ujecie, musiales bardzo blisko niej byc?.Ostrosc detali jest wspaniala.Swietne makro.
Z pozdrowieniami.

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-06-01 20:51]

Another fantastic shot Siggi. Absolutely spectacular detail of an amazing subject. Good dof and wonderful blurred bg. Well done. TFS, Lori

Bravo Siegfried pour cette superbe macro.Quelle belle définition!!Le rendu des couleurs et de la brillance est superbe.Catherine

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