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Mature Male Red-veined Darter

Mature 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: 2008-10-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-02 17:47
Viewed: 2571
Points: 48
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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter) (Mature Male)

Dear friends, today mature male red-veined darter from my homeland. Hope you can like this shot too.
TFL! Have a nice day!



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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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-12-02 18:26]

Hello Bayram, another fine macro my friend, good details and very good exposure. I really like the sharpness on the wings! Thanks!


Hi Bayram!
Very good macro shot of him. I like the colors and sharp details; especially his legs and wings. :)
Thanks for sharing!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-02 19:50]

Merhaba Bayram hocam, nefis bir yakın çekim. Detaylar, kanat üzerinde ve gözlerdeki yansımalar olayı estetik de kılmış. elinize sağlık.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2008-12-02 20:36]

A beautiful macro shot with much of DOF that I can see from tip to toe in focus, well shot..

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Seyrine doyulmaz makrolarınıza bir yenisini eklemişsiniz.Elinize sağlık.


another great macro of th df, Bayram.. excellent detail and view.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-12-02 22:38]
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Hola Bay,
thanks for your kind words,:)
will be absent a week, traveling to Fuerteventura today:)

*Exquisite macro, details and color;
pov and frame magnificent.
saludos amigo.

Günaydın günaydın Bayram Bey,sizin ustalığınız işte ortada.Her yönden net çekimler yapıyorsunuz.Siz büyük bir ihtimalle bu böcekleri efsunluyorsunuz ve çekiminiz bitene kadar pozlarını bozmuyorlar.Ellerinize sağlık,yine süperrrr :)

Merhaba Bayram,
çok ince detaylarıyla şiir gibi bir kare.Ellerine sağlık.

Bayram Hocam merhaba
Harika bir makro
Ilginç detaylar
Çok güzel not
Elinize sağlık

wow this is excellent job..

very clear shot and detail..

good timing bayram..

keep it up

best regards


Hello Bayram,
Lovely stance this sharp dragonfly has for support. Its nose are reddish and pronounced, the background is attractive. Greetings...Danilo

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-12-03 5:07]

Hello Bayram
Excelent Macro with a superb sharpness and light. The compo works great with the wood making an elegant diagonel in the right side of the photo. Great work.
Best regards, mb

Merhaba Bayram, splendid macro of beautiful dragonfly with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, as usual for you, lovely blurry BG, I like a lot, BRAVO! ciao Silvio

Very nice details, super macro with excellent focus and dof!

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-03 11:50]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
fazla söze ne hacet.Süperr.elleriniz dert görmesin.Necla.

Hello Bayram,

Excellent macro shot with perfect BG and great details on the foreground!
I like very much the beautiful and natural colors of this job!
Congratulations and TFS.
Um grande abraço,

Hello Bayram,
What detailed sharpness. Excellent capture of this dragonfly. Excellent POV with a lovely background. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siegfried

Hi Bayram,
it seems, dragons realy love you and always let you come close ;-)
I like this one with the red nose very much - seems it was at the sun too long, haha!
But sure - members from TrekNature know that this is typical for this specimen.
Thanks my friend, you always show us beautiful nature-shots. Selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Bayram Hoca,
Odak ve flu arka plan ile nefis bir makro.
Renkler ve netli çok güzel.Ellerine saglık.

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Bu olgun erkek cepheden harika poz vermiş..
Net, renkli detaylar çarpıcı. Eline sağlık.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Bayram,

Another fine shot from the front. The details around the head is amazing. TFS and have a wonderful weekend.


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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-06-06 3:55]

Salam Beyram
Excellent micro shot.Nice color with detail and great sharpness. Nice background and good lighting.
Tin Soe

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  • leeno Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 41] (725)
  • [2014-01-13 1:57]

Superlative shot and super description

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