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Male Rudy Darter for *Bruno*

Male Rudy Darter for *Bruno*
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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: 2009-07-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 200, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-20 18:19
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Sympetrum sanguineum (Ruddy Darter) (Male)

Hi friends, today another d-fly species addition to my series. I captured this beautiful species in Evci (Samsun province) during my Blacksea Region trip.

I would like to dedicate this beauty to one of my heartfelt friends on TL, Bruno Santana (brunorsantana). Hoping you can like this my friend!

TFL and Have a nice WE!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, Ege University, Faculty of Science. All Rights Reserved.


The Ruddy Darter is a Eurasian species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. It attains a wing span of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings. The abdomen widens for the final third of its length and shows a marked pinched section where it joins the thorax.

The all-black legs of the Ruddy Darter distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Common Darter (S. striolatum) and Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum), both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.

The Ruddy Darter can be found between the months of July and November. Mating takes place on the wing, with the coupled pair performing a dipping flight over the water. The female jettisons her fertilised eggs at the water surface by alternating movements of the abdomen. The male will hover nearby during this period and protect the female by driving off any approaching males.

The larvae spend the year beneath the water surface before emerging and pupating into adults.
The Ruddy Darter is to be found in temperate regions throughout Europe as far west as Siberia and as far south as the northern Sahara. Its conservation status is regarded as secure, and indeed numbers seem to be increasing in some locations such as central England. It tends to prefer quiet bodies of water that feature semiaquatic vegetation such as rushes and reeds.


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. Wikipedia.

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Bia noite Bayeam
Very well captured with great colours and sharpness. Do delicate and colorful. Good definition and wonderful fly nature.
My regards

Hello Bayram!

A most excellent macro indeed, so very well captured! Dragonflies are my favorite insects to photograph; however, I've captured only one photo. I just recently purchased a 105mm micro lens for my D90. It's winter here, and the insects are long gone, but anxious for spring now.

Question: Will you be so kind to tell me about how far away from the D-fly when you captured this shot? Did you happen to use a teleconverter or Kenko tube as well?

Thanks for sharing this great shot!


Hi Bayram

I've never seen such a nice details of a dragonfly
Great supermacro of unique red one, nice focus indeed
The quality of bokeh is superb my friend

TFS, Alireza

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-12-21 0:10]

Merhaba my friend...
Again, beautiful macro with so great focus...

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-12-21 0:45]

Hi Bayram,
A fine macro of this red dragonfly! Very sharp with excellent details on the body of the insect.
Great use of shallow DOF. Wonderful blurred BG.
Nice pastel colors!
I like the square format elegantly framed.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Namastay Bayram Üstad!

What a perfect macro capture from the D-fly with perfect details!
The colors of the dragonfly are superbly shown, and a well shining body shows its healthy diet habits :) The sharpness and POv are perfect and eyes of the subject are very well shown.

best regards,

Merhaba MF Bayram,

What a wonderful gift to our friend Bruno!
Perfect focus, light and contrast!
Congratulations and TFS

Maravilloso e impresionante macro de esta libelula de intenso color y gran detalle , yo estava mirando este objetivo y veo que es fantastico
Buen trabajo
un saludo

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-12-21 7:04]

Merhaba Bayram.

Ugh it is red today...splendid !
Fantastic composition and realization.

Best wishes.

Selam Bayram Hocam,
Brunonun hakkettiği estetik ve zerafette bir çalışma.Renk, netlik ve pozisyon çok güzel
Selahattin E

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-12-21 8:08]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
bir ustadan diğer bir ustaya...Gene üzerinde anatomi çalışılacak kadar ince detayları olan bir macro.Elleriniz dert görmesin.Tebrikler.Necla.

Bayram merhaba,
Çok net ve güzel bir macro.Kadraj yerleşimi harika.Emeklerine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2009-12-21 11:17]

Wonderful dragonfly again!
Bruno can be proud with this great dedicatio n!

Bonsoir Bayram
You reach the point where scientific observation and artistic sense melt to give a wonderful and perfectly done picture
Have a good week my friend

Hello ami Bayram,

Resplendissante cette libellule écarlate.
Fond brouillé douceur, pour cette composition lumineuse.
C'est toujours et encore l'art du beau.
Beau cadeau à notre ami Bruno.
Compliments et belle soirée.


Great focus colors and composition.
Very nice gift , congratulation.
Regards Zoran

Merhaba Hocam!
Stunning macro,with excellent clarity,
rich colours,details and effective blurred bg!
A pleasant and high quality image as usual!
Tfs Selamlar

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Harika renk ve detaykarı ile muhteşem
bir kompozisyon..Olağanüstü bir macro.
Kutluyorum. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Merhaba Bayram,

Excellent macro shot of this dragonfly.
Great POV/DOF, focus, sharpness and perfectly shown the colors of dragonfly.

Best regards,

Ciao Bayram, beautiful dragonfly with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, wonderful blurry BG, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Waw!!!! What a lovely gift, my dear friend Bayram :o)
Excellent details and colors, and great DOF!
Surely a high quality shot as usual, my brother!
Thank you very much!! I sincerely loved it!!

Que nesse ano de 2010, você consiga realizar todos os seus sonhos, meu amigo! Desejo-lhe muita saúde, paz e tudo de bom que uma pessoa precisa para ser feliz.

Grande abraço!
Bruno Santana

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