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Violet Dropwing #2

Violet Dropwing #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: 2008-10-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-10 0:38
Viewed: 2206
Points: 28
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Trithemis annulata (Violet Dropwing, Violet-marked Darter)#2

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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hi byram

good macro shot.

very clear and detail good timing also

keep it up

bhot here

Merhaba Bayram hocam
Renkleri muhteşem
Ayrıntılar olağanüstü
Elinize sağlık

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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 0:48]

Merhaba Bayram bey...
yine harika bir macro, ne güzel renk ve netlik..eline sağlık...iyi bayramlar....selamlar

Günaydın Bayram Hocam,
Çekimi, sunumu, renk ve detaylarıyla seçkin bir makro çalışma.Elinize sağlık.


Ciao My friend Bayram, an other beautiful macro with lovely viloet dragonfly, wonderful details and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-12-10 6:49]

Merhaba Bayram hocam, muhteşem bir bakış açısı ve sıradışı detaylar. Elinize sağlık.
İyi Bayramlar.

Olá Bryam,

Another excellent macro shot, full of beautiful colors and details.
Congratulations and TFS.
Um grande abraço,

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Renkler ve detaylardaki çarpıcı netlik...
Eline sağlık. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-12-10 9:43]

Merhaba Bayram! :)
Wonderful composition!
Perfect, superb colors, light and focus!
Imposing picture!!!

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-12-10 11:05]

Hola amigo,
After a few days away from my island,
return to work,
beautiful macro, colors and fine details,
attractive pov and note,
saludos Bayram.

Hello Bayram,
Very interesting and nice macro. Excelent composition with perfect details and colors.
Regards, Siegfried

İyi Bayramlar Bayram Kardeşim,
9 gün tatili memlekette değerlendirelim dedik, onun için de sizlerden uzak kaldım,
ancak bugün kısa bir zaman ayırabildim şöyle bir kaç yorum yapabilmek için,
muhteşem renklere ve kanatlara bayıldım,
ellerine sağlık,

hello Bayram,

nice capture of the dragonfly again.. very sharp in the center.. colours are nice.. good one.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-05-08 4:01]

Salam Bayram
Wonderful micro of insert with detail , color and composition.
Tin Soe

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