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Female Rudy Darter

Female Rudy 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: 2009-07-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East-II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-28 23:13
Viewed: 1897
Points: 48
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Sympetrum sanguineum (Ruddy Darter)

Today a female Ruddy Darter. Unfortunately, I captured this beauty after a love wheel with a male one which I’ve uploaded a few days ago. I think I disturbed them while photographing:) and they had to become solitary:). Sorry for disturbing d-flies:)

TFL and Have a nice day!

©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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Hello MF Bayram,
It is great macro shot for Sympetrum striolatum, beautiful dragon species. Sharp details great, POV/OOF, light and colors also superb. Nicely composed.Very good informative notes. TFS, Best regards Siegfried

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-12-28 23:43]

Merhaba my friend...
Again great macro..

Hello mon ami,

Cette libellule mâle s'accroche délicatement sur cette brindille.
Présentation lumineuse, avec cette couleur chataigne elle est charmante.
Merci Bayram, pour le partage de votre talent.
Amicalement et bonne semaine.


Selam Bayram Bey,
Selahattin E
Güzel türleri izlemeye devam ediyoruz. Son derecede estetik sunumlarıyla görselliği harika çalışmalar
Selahattin E

Bom dia Bayram,
It's a great advantage: to be well informed and to see awesome shots. That's your gallery.
Nice insect and perfect shot.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-12-29 3:02]

Hi Bayram,
A great macro shot of this dragonfly adorned with microscopic clarity! Excellent details adorned with good light.
Nicely composed with a nice adequate blurred BG.
Very neat and elegantly framed.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Bom dia MF Bayram,

Another great macro!
Excellent light and colors.
Beautiful colotrs and frame.
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Bayram!
Nice macro shot with great details. Capturing these Darters are not an easy job they move a lot. You have done a great job.
Well I can see you have much interest in capturing these Darters.
TFS, indeed a very well focused shot and sharp image.


Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Canlı,renkli detayları ile bir doğa harikasını
muhteşem görüntüleyip sundunuz. Teşekkürler..
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Namastay Bayram Üstad,

Wow, another superb macro capture from a Ruddy darter with exceptinal details!
I like the eyes of the D-fly with perfect colors and textures. The clarity throughout the picture is outstanding and you managed greatly the light and sharpness in the shot.
Great work!

best wishes,

Bello y nitido macro de esta libelula con gran detalle y color que parece estar posando tranquilamente ,gracias por compartir
buen trabajo
un saludo
Feliz año nuevo

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-12-29 8:21]

Hello Bayram!

Splendid, next dragon-fly and composition...the game
of light as well as the colouring.
Very curious , showy formulation and realization

Happy New 2010 Year for You! :)

My best wishes.

Merhaba Bayram,

Another excellent macro shot with great POV/DOF, focus, sharpness and perfectly shown colors.

Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-29 10:00]

Hello Bayram, your collection of macro is just amazing! Another great one! Thanks for all!


Hello my friend Bayram!

I really like this capture of the female with her wings spread. This detail is incredibly beautiful!

Do they mate often? I ask this, because no more often than I see them, they are often mating.

It's so nice to a photo like this where I can enjoy the beauty of details like the little hairs on her legs. My wife tries to hide those. :))

Thanks for sharing this Bayram!


Ciao Bayram, lovely dragonfly against a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, wonderful natural colors, very well done, Happy New Year 2010 my friend, ciao Silvio

Great macro shot.
Very nice colors and details.
Regards Zoran

Çok sade ve hoş bir kare olmuş.Çekim açısı,renkler ve netlik son derece güzel.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-12-29 23:49]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
seriden anladığım kadarıyla erkekler dişilerden daha alımlı.Her zamanki gibi süper bir makro.Kalite hiç değişmiyor.Tebrikler.Necla.

Hello Bayram,
Magnificent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness. Lovely colors, fantastic light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Great note.
All the best in the New Year 2010

Merhaba Hocam,
Yine nefis bir yakın plan çekim.Detaylar, netlik, renkler şahane.Eline sağlık
Geçmiş yılların getirmediklerini, 2010 yılının getirmesi dileğiyle..


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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-12-30 11:03]

Hello Bayram,
once again a flying delicate beauty! Great macro, excellently framed. The details are great and your notes are as usual excellent and very useful.
Best regards and warm wishes for the new year.

Merhaba, Bayram.Great composition,awesome colours and tones,superb details of this beautiful Ruddy Darter.
Happy New Year

Hi Bayram
A nice macro of this Ruddy Darter showing his rich colour and detail Nicely composed.
TFS Janice

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