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Violet Dropwing

Violet Dropwing
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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: 2008-10-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-09 1:34
Viewed: 2225
Points: 54
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Trithemis annulata (Violet Dropwing, Violet-marked Darter)

Trithemis (Dropwings) is a genus including the medium-sized libellulids with gaudy males and distinctive forewing venation, with 9.5-12.5 antenodal veins, discoidal field narrowing towards the wing border and of three rows of cells at its base, and mostly two rows of cells anterior to Radial supplemental vein (Rspl: longitudinal vein without clear beginning and end points, that lies centrally in apical half of the wing). In the hand, the metallically shining snout and strongly hooked hamule –grasping organ of secondary genitalia- render males unmistakable.

Trithemis annulata (Violet Dropwing, Violet-marked Darter)

Violet Dropwing is one of the most abundant dragonflies of tropical Africa. Extends into Spain, Corsica, France, Italia, S. Greece, S. Turkey and Cyprus, along the Mediterranean, where it is expanding its range. The broad-bodied, vividly violet male of this expanding African species is unmistakable. Total length of the body is 32-38mm. Abdomen lengt 17-29mm. This species is clearly smaller than Crocothemis erythraea (Broad Scarlet Dragonfly). Mature male is readily identified by the metallic purple vertex and frons, red veins, deep amber hindwing base, broadened abdomen and plum-coloured body. The characteristic violet bloom results from pruinosity covering the red thorax and abdomen. Female is yellow-brown, with a large yellow patch at the hindwing base. Female differs from other Trithemis by the heavier abdomen, marked with a black dorsal bar on 8th & 9th segments. Its Asian counterpart, T. aurora, is known from south-east Iran and may appear in Turkey. Mature male of this species is smaller and pinker, hindwing patch is deeper and larger (often covering triangle), forewing with a similarly extensive patch, genital lobe pointed, 8th and often 9th segments without a dorsal black bar but 9th segment with lateral black.

Violet Dropwing males are yellowish at emergence, turning orange and red before attaining their final violet colour. Males perch prominently on waterside stakes. Any sunny water in Africa, favouring warm spots in the periphery of its range, such as shallow gravel pits, open lakes or lagoons. Its fligh season is probably all year in the Sahara, but mainly May to October in Morocco and recorded from early April to mid-October in Turkey. I recorded this species late October in Cyprus.


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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Bayram Hocam merhaba
Yine muhteşem bir makro
Rengi harika
Elinize sağlık

Hello Bayram,

Fantastic macro shot with wonderful colors and perfect focus!
Very well done and framed!
Congratulations and TFS,


this is a nice capture for this tiny little fella...love the scene..especialy the sun hits the dragonfly that creates the shadow on the woods that you will feel how hot in that area...thanks for sharing...


Merhaba Bayram
Odak, netlik,ve renkleri ile harika makro,
Ellerine saglık,İyi Bayramlar.

Lovely macro shot Bayram and useful notes. The colours of the wing and its formation are great.

Hi Bayram,
Wonderful capture with very good sharpness, detail and DOF!
Magnificent posture and colors.

Bonjour Bayram
another beautiful dragonfly in its violet dress; the back ground makes me think we are very near to the see ,that I imagine just behind the sandy dune .
Very good shot and focus; under this sunny day sky I 'm as smelling the perfume of pine trees that I enjoy...

Hello Bayram.
Excellent macro shot.!
I think you did an sharpening, as I can see the noise around it. Hard to avoid. Still a very good shot.
Regards, Jan

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Kanatları ile kendini kamufle etmeğe çalışır
gibi bir havası var!!!...rengi muhteşem .
Sunum da harika. selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Bayram,
this shot is very pretty, such a nice pose of the wonderful dragonfly, I also like the colours, very well done, thanks.
Best regards Siegfried

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-12-09 6:33]

Hello Bayram
Excelent macro with a superb sharpness and detail. Amazing vivid colours and an excelent contrast. Congrats, mb

Beautiful macro. Fine tones and lights. Well done.
Best wishes,

Ciao Bayram, beautiful TL version too for this beautiful dragonfly with strange color, splendid details, perfect focus and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-12-09 11:19]

Merhaba Bayram!
Wonderful insect! Beautiful composition!
Great colors, light and picture!
It congratulates execution.

This is a fantastic composition of the darter Bayran. The exposure settings (f/5.6, 1/640 seconds) are effective in obtaining a mighty sharp image with ideal b/g. Details on the wings are terrific. My compliments...Danilo

Merhaba Bayram bey,nefis bir çekim daha.Harikalar yaratıyorsunuz,ellerinize sağlık,iyi bayramlar ,selamlar :)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-09 13:26]

Merhaba Bayram hocam, muhteşem bir bakış açısı, saha derinliği ve müthiş detaylar. Elinize sağlık. İyi bayramlar.

Merhaba Bayram Bey,
Işık, renk ve detaylarıyla olağanüstü güzellikte bir makro çalışma.Elinize sağlık.


another great shot of the dragonfly, Bayram.. this time he is a bit tired from the way it stand.. probably im wrong i was just guessing.. nice composition and presented.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-10 0:49]

Merhaba Bayram bey...
Harika detaylar ve konpozisyon...tebrikler...selamlar

Tekrar merhabalar Bayam Kardeşim,
tül gibi kanatlarının ardına aslında gizlenememiş muhteşem renkli güzellik;)
detaylar mükemmel,
ellerine sağlık,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-12-25 13:16]

Hi Bayram

Nice to see you on TL :)

This is a real beauty, great POV - the blue sky BG really sets off the red. Pin sharp and well composed



Olá Bayram!

Your photo is just amazing. Loved the details on its wings!
The blurred BG is great. Sharpness, light and colors are ver good.

best regards

Amazing capture Bayram, looks lifesize!!!
Lovely detail and colour, a fine image.

Regards Mark :)

Hi Bayram
This is the perfect point of view!!! Great details and very nice background.
This is a winner.

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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-06-06 3:46]

Salam Beyram
Great micro shot with detail and sharpness.Nice color and very good lighting with shadow.
Tin Soe

Hola Bayram
Buena imagen de esta libelula de color rojo que esta sobre el tronco seco , buen contraste de colores y texturas , iluminacion y nitidez sobresaliente , una bella foto , gracias por compartir

Buen fin de semana
un saludo

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