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Mature Male Red-veined Darter#2

Mature Male Red-veined Darter#2
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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, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-03 16:55
Viewed: 3015
Points: 36
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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter) (Mature Male)

Dear friends,Today another mature male red-veined darter shot 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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  • banaei Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 264 W: 88 N: 97] (782)
  • [2008-12-03 20:32]
  • [2]

Hi Bayram
Very nice shot , Good photo and Good macro
Thanks for sharing


Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Yine muhteşem güzellikte bir makro çalışma.Çekim açısı, netlik, ışık ve detaylar mükemmel.Elinize sağlık.


simple but nice.. if only the eyes are sharper.. anyway still a beautiful shot with interesting composition.. tfs..

regards, terry

Günaydın Bayram Bey,
ışık, netlik mükemmel olmuş,
hele kanatların üzerindeki pırıltılara bayıldım,
ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık,

Merhaba Bayram hocam
Harika bir makro
Muhteşem ayrıntıları görebiliyoruz
Elinize sağlık

Merhaba Bayram Bey,işte kanatlardaki ışık yine müthiş.Detaylar ve netlik harika.Yine çok ustaca bir çekim,açı müthiş,ellerinize sağlık :)

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-12-04 3:43]

Hello Baryam :)
Beautiful, wonderful insect!
Fantastic picture and effect!
It congratulates execution!!! Superb!!! :)))

Merhaba Bayram, I like a lot your great serie of wonderful dragonfly, splendid composition with perfect focus and lovely blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, as usual for you, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Keskin detaylar ve albenili tasarımı ile
hyecan verici bir güzellik...
Tebrik ediyorum...
Selahattin E

Merhaba Bayram
Mükemmel makro,keskinlik.netlik ve detaylar
harika.Ellerine saglık

Hello Bayram

Excellent portrait of this beautiful dragonfly!
Very nice sharp details, lovely colors, great blurry BG, very nice light, all very well taken and composed.

Best regards Siegfried

Merhaba Bayram Bey

çok güzel bir çalışma olmuş. Netlik harika.


Hello Bayram,

Another excellent macro of this insect!
The colora are very natural and beautiful.
Congratulations and TFS.
Um grande abraço,

  • Great 
  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-04 13:51]

Harika bişr bakış açısından muhteşem bir makro Bayram hocam. Elinize sağlık.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-05 3:34]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
kanatlardaki detay,çarpıcı kırmızı renkle gene mükemmel bir makro.Ellerinize sağlık.Necla.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-05 7:59]

merhaba Hocam...
bunu dün görememişim galiba...
güzel bir macro..tebrikler...selamlar

Merhaba Bayra hoca,
Kanat detayları ve yansımalar çarpıcı...
eline sağlık. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Bayram,

I can see many dragons here that your TN. They are all well captured with stunning sharpness and details. Well done and keep shooting and sharing.


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