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White-tailed Skimmer

White-tailed Skimmer
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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: 2009-07-15
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, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East-II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-04 22:18
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Othetrum albistylum (White-tailed Skimmer) (Female)

Another dragonfly species which I’ve encountered and photographed around the Yaylagöne Lake in Malkara (Tekirdağ province) during my Thrace trip in summer period.

TFL and Have a nice day!

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


White-tailled Skimmer (WtS) is very similar species to O. cancellatum (Black-tailled Skimmer) (BtS), with which it is found especially in the south-east, and as far west as France. However, it is sleeker, paler and more contrasting. Named for the contrasting white appendages of both sexes, but beware of occasional males with black appendages!

WtS is as large as the BtS with a total length of 45-50mm (Abdomen length: 30-37mm with a hind wing spans of 33-38mm) but less robust, with a narrower abdomen. As with O. cancellatum, has black pterostigmas and two distinct lengthwise black stripes on the abdomen that disappear under pruinosity as the male ages, sixth (sometimes eighth) to tenth abdominal segments becoming black. It can be difficult to distinguish it in flight, but O. albistylum has the following features:
(1) whitish appendages in both sexes; this can be indiscernible in the male, while the female's tenth abdominal segment is also white;
(2) two contrasting milky bands on the sides of the thorax and a pale stripe running dorsally over the thorax between the wings;
(3) ground colour of abdomen paler and the black lines on each segment slightly more curved;
(4) mature male's pruinosity paler, almost white;
(5) relatively larger pterostigma.

The behaviour is like O. cancellatum, male often sits on open ground near the water, making very fast, low flights over the water. Its distribution is patchy, but the species is generally not uncommon, stretching to China and Japan. It is prefer open ponds and lakes and flights from the end of May to mid September.


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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Bom dia Bayram,
Excellent capture. The colorful and blurred BG works very well. The insect pops from picture.
Very good presenation and interesting note.
Another sucessful post.

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-01-04 22:43]

Hello Bayram
Excellent macro here, great details and very very fine focus @ f/7.1.
This lens is no doubt a best player in macro line-up of Nikkor.

I loved the details at his wings, nicely composed.


Ciao my friend Bayram, beautiful dragonfly against a splendid blurry Bg, fine details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Bayram,
Magnificent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness. Lovely colors, fantastic light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Great note.

Selam Bayram Bey,
Birbirinden güzel makrolar devam ediyor. Herhalde iyi bir ekipmana sahibiz. Estetik kalited e mükemmel
Selahattin E

Hi Bayram,

Very well shot, perfect exposure and good depth control.

Abid Changazi

This is really nice Picture
I like the sharpness and Colors alot

Thanks for sharing


Buen macro con excelente nitidez con el punto en la cabeza de la libelula que muestra claramente sus ojos , fantastico color , encuadre y luz , gracias por compartir
buen trabajo
un saludo

Wow, this is the height of the macro-photography, Bayram Uestad!

I love the eyes of the D-fly and a great contrast between its natural colors and the blurry BG. The colors are very well shown and POV is perfect managed. The sharpness and clarity throughout the work, are very well done.

best regards,

Bonsoir Bayram,

A regarder l'image, wouah!!! pfff!!! quelle force elle a cette libellule, elle a réussit à casser la brindille:lol:
Belle maitrise d'équilibre.
C'est mon illustration bien sûr!
Une capture bellissime comme d'habitude.
Merci pour ce joli portrait et belle note.


Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Beyaz kuyruklu nun muhteşem detayları çarpıcı...
Odaklama ve netlik harika. ellerine sağlık.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Bayram,

A striking dragonfly macro. Well framed, sharp, and with good exposure. Very well done. My congratulations buddy.


Merhaba, Bayram.Nice capture of this beautiful Skimmer from a interesting angle with good depth of field, colors and sharpness. Selamlar.

Merhaba Bayram,

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

Best regards,

Hello MF Bayram,

What a beautiful macro with perfect focus, beautiful colors and excellent lighting!
Very well done and framed!
Congratulations and TFS

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-09 11:14]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
ne diyeyim bilemiyorum.10 üzerinden 10 puan.Harikasınız..Necla.

Hi Bayram
Nice macro of this White-tailed Skimmer clinging onto a branch. The lighting is perfect and shows off the nice detail of his body face and eyes. Excellent DOF with a nice contrasting background colour.

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