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Female Red-veined Darter#2

Female 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, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-05 17:18
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Sympetrum fonscolombii (Red-veined Darter) (Mature Female)

Dear friends today an another mature female from a different POV and location.

TFL! Have a nice Saturday!



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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ciao Bayram..
details and focus of this image are great!
a wonderful macro.. with a really interesting time of exposure..
expecially for the details of the wings.. i'm speachless.. excellent, well done!
ciao Marco

Selam Bayram Hoca,
Yine temiz bir görüntü. Flu arka plan görüntü kalitesini en üst düzeye çıkarıyor.
Ellerine sağlık
Selahattin E

Günaydın Bayram Bey,nefis nefis bir fotoğraf.Koyu artalan ve ışıklar altında teyyare böceği.Gün ışığı sadece onun üzerinde,sanki enerji topluyor.En güzel yeri seçmiş.Detaylar olağanüstü,her ayrıntısı çok net.Şahane bir fotoğraf,sizin ustalığınız sınır tanımıyor,süperr,ellerinize sağlık :)

Hello Bayram,
Congratulations with this perfect result.
Green star from Me.!

Szia, Laci

bonjour Bayram
another wonderful shot of dragonfly; your knowledge of both photography and biology makes you an inescapable "column" for TL
sublime lights and sharpness

Günaydın Bayram Kardeşim,
bu ne detay, bu ne güzel ışık böyle,
harila bir çalışma,
ellerine ve gözlerine sağlık,

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
O kadar net ve harika bir kareki, yüyler ve kanatlardaki detaylar nefis çıkmış.Elinize sağlık.


Merhaba my dear friend Bayram,

Fantastic macro shot with excellent background and great details of the insect!
Congratulations and TFS.
Um grande abraço,

Hola Bayram.
Fantástica captura y excelente punto de vista.
Preciosos detalles y genial los tonos conseguidos en las alas...parecen de "hada" de cuentos, je.
Impresionante comentario.
Saludos, JL.

Merhaba bayram,
Netlik ve kadrajı ile harika bir makro,flu arka plan ve renk tonları çok güzel.
Ellerine saglık.

Ciao Bayram, beautiful dragonfly with splendid light on wings, perfect focus and wonderful colorful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-06 2:53]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
nefis bir macro.Mükemmel ışık.Galiba dişileri bende fotoğraflarınız sayesinde tanımaya başladım.Ellerinize sağlık.İyi bayramlar.Necla.

Merhaba Bayram hocam
Harika yakalıyorsunuz da
O kadar hızlı kanat çırpıyorlar
Nasıl dondurulmuş şekilde görüntülüyorsunuz şaşıyorum
İyi hafta sonları

Hello Bayram,
Excellent picture of this Red-veined Darter. Great POV and DOF, a very nice BG too! Well done!

Best regards Siegfried

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-06 7:48]

Merhaba Bayram bey...
Bu güzel çekim ve doyurucu notunuzla güzel paylaşım olmuş, eline sağlık...selam ve saygılar...

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Hayvanlar aleminin erkekleri daha süslü ve
alımlı oluyor...Yine de bu dişi detayları ile
güzel duruyor...Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.seyfettin Güner

another great shot of the dragonfly, Bayram.. this is sure sharp and detail.. even hair around it back is clear.. well done on the composition again.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-09 13:28]

Selam tekrar hocam. Yanal ışığı en nefis şekilde kullandığınız karelerden biri. Hem detaylı hem de estetik bir çaekim. Elinize sağlık.

details just perfect for a beautuiful createure, but honestly even though as you know i am afraid of snakes, is there any such thing as an ugly creature? from your renderings one would just have to say no there is not . you manage to add beauty to each one of your subjects
congratilations dear friend and sorry i have been somewhat away for a long time!

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-12-16 11:10]

Hi Bayram, An unusual and very effective nature photo composition with backlight to show the amazing fineness of the wing structures. I like this a lot. TFS. Murray.

prywitanne Bayram!
great shot!fantastic macro! really like alive!=)

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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-06-06 3:49]

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

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