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Mature Female Red-veined Darter

Mature Female 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, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 18:25
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Points: 38
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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter) (Mature Female)

After the uploadings of young and mature male red-veined darters, today a mature female from my homeland.

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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Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Mükemmel serinize yeni bir haşka dah eklemişsiniz.Çekim açısı, ışık, renk ve detaylar olağanüstü güzellikte.Elinize sağlık.


Günaydın Bayram Bey Kardeşim;)
harika bir açıdan yakalanmış muhteşem pırıltılı kanatlar,
ışık, netlik, sunum mükemmel yine,
ellerine sağlık,

this one is sharp, Bayram.. lovely work.. quite sharp and good.. well done on the composition and detail.. tfs..

regards, terry

Günaydın Bayram Bey,ne diyeceğimi az çok biliyorsunuz:)Mükemmel bir seri oldu,yine çok ustaca bir çekim,ellerinize sağlık,selamlar :)

Merhaba Bayram hocam
Makrolarınız birbirinden güzel
Hergün bugün ne sürpriz yapacaksınız diye merak ediyorum
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 3:39]

Merhaba Batram bey,
seriniz çok güzel.Dişisinin rengi ve kanatlarındaki detaylar da mükemmel.Tebrik ve teşekkürler.Necla.

Hello Bayram,
Sharp and crisp clear picture. Composition, pov, dof are great. Excellent natural color. TFS.
Regards Siggi

Hi Bayram,
Very nice colors, composition and BG. The dragonfly's wings are lovely with good DOF.

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Kolleksiyondan güzel bier parça daha. Bizim de
sayende güzel bir serimiz oluyor. Kpompozisyon ve netliğin üzerine söze gerek yok. Olağanüstü...
Selahattin E

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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 7:58]

Amuda kalkacak gibi duruyor bu sinek...
Açıklayıcı notunuzla güzel bir çalışma olmuş, çekim harika, netlik ve detaylar güzel..eline sağlık...selamlar

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-12-05 8:32]

Another fine macro Bayram, great details, good exposure and a very good result as always, thanks!


Merhaba Bayram
Flu arka plan makroyu öne cıkarır. siz bunu
çok iyi oadaklıyarak harika makrolar cıkarıyorsunuz.Ellerinize saglık.

Merhaba Bayram Bey

çok güzel bir çalışma.
netlik ve detay harika.


Hello Bayram,

Excellent macro once again, with perfect timing and beautiful colors!
Congratualtions and TFS.

Ciao Bayram, I missed this beautiful female of dragonfly, splendid your serie of macro, this one too is very well done with great focus, fine details and wonderful blurry BG, I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-09 13:29]

Selam hocam, muhteşem derinlikli bir dişi yusufcuk daha. Zemin mükemmel. Elinize sağlık.

Hi Bayram,

Sharp details and very well lit image. Perfect control of depth with sharpness throughout the body and wings.

TFS and have a great weekend.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-02-15 5:06]

Merhaba Bayram MF,
lovely shot of this darter in great c;larity and excellent sharpness. Very near shot that depict it from the rear.
Sharp markings on the wing making it so pleasant.


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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-06-06 3:52]

Salam Beyram
Anther great micro shot. Nice color with detail and very good sharpness.Beautiful background.Nice composition.
Tin Soe

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