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Young Male Red-veined Darter

Young Male Red-veined Darter
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-30 17:14
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Points: 38
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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter) (Young Male)

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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hello Bayram,

this one got a funny eyes esp. the one facing here.. good capture of him in this position.. the body is sharp only around the head is not so.. still this is a good shot.. tfs..

regards, terry

Goodmorning Bayram Bey,
it is an amazing young male Red-veined Darter;) with wonderful colours and lovely detailes, specially on the wings,
it is your business of cours to know if this tiny insects male or female / young or old or etc...;)
thank you very much my dear friend for all the wonderful works and informative notes you are sharing with us,
warm regards,

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Yine muhteşem bir makro çalışma paylaşmışsınız.Işık, ren ve detaylar muhteşem.Elinize sağlık.


Günaydın Bayram Bey,buda gerçekten çok güzel ve çok ustaca çekilmiş bir kare.Ben bunları çekmeyi bir türlü beceremdim.Ama izlmeyi seviyorum,ellerinize sağlık,çok beğendim çok :)

Bayram hocam merhaba
Muhteşem bir makro
Ayrıntılar inanılmaz
Elinize sağlık

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Bu bizim kız böceği galiba. Kompozisyon ve netlik olarak başarılı bir çalışma. Bu kadar ürkek bir böceği fotoğraflamak pek kola olmasa gerek. Tebrik ve teşekkürler
Selahattin E

Hello Bayram,
It's a crisp sharp and very well composed photo of the Red-veined Darter. I like the lighting, colors and pov a lot.
Best regards Siegfried

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-01 7:17]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
zor olanı başarıyorsunuz.Nefis bir makro,tebrikler.Necla.

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Muhteşem detayları ile temiz bir macro...
Ustaca bir sunum. Eline sağlık. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hola amigo Bayram.
Excelente macro con muy buenos detalles y acertada exposición.
Buen DoF.
Interesante y extensa nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Merhaba Bayram Bey

çok harika yakalamışsınız.
Netlik ve detay çok iyi.


Bayram Hocam
Harika bir makro,nefis renk tonları.
Helikoptere benziyor bunu yakalamak kolay değil hiç durmazlar.
Ellerine saglık.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-01 11:22]
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Merhaba Bayram bey...
Bataklık sineğimi bu...
ama macro olarak harika bir çekim olmuş.. eline sağlık...güzel notunuzla birlikte güzel bir çalışma...selamlar

Merhaba my friend Bayram, beautiful dragonfly with splendid colors, perfect focus, great blurry BG and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bayram,
Great shot! Very good sharpness, details, colors and BG.

Olá my friend Bayram,

Excellent macro of this insect with perfect timing!
Congratulations and TFS.
Um grande abraço,

Olá, Bayram!

Uma bela macro com belos detalhes e boa nitidez. Ótimo
foco e ponto de vista. Congratulations, dear friend!


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-02 19:53]

Yusufcuğun bir başka estetik ve sıradışı makrosu. Elinize sağlık.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-26 15:24]

Merhaba Baayam,
a great display of this darter.Sharp with the reddish body making it seen. The white background also push it to look better.


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