Crocothemis erythaea

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 3 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

image: Ekeren (BE) - 01/07/2010

NOTE: I still have a few very busy days comming up - i'll try to cath up after the weekend responding and commenting. Thx for understanding.

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Florence from Paris, France

An acrobat ! To much sunbaths as well. ;-)

3 Jul 2010 5:36am

@Florence: This is the brightest colored species to be found in Belgium. Looks a bit fluo :-) Thanks for commenting again, Florence.

Becky from los angeles, United States


3 Jul 2010 9:20pm

@Becky: Glad you like this one too, Becky.

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! He is doing a hand stand. Excellent shot!!

3 Jul 2010 11:03pm

@Macrobaby: The pose struck my eye :-) Thanks!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Is this a view looking down, or is this bug in an unusual position?

4 Jul 2010 3:48am

@Julie Brown: It is about 45° looking down. The guy was so fast I had to take every oportunity to make a picture. He was definitely looking for a female and some time later there was a copulation in the air ! Too bad for me that happened in the middle of the pool, too far away to make good images. But i'm happy with this spectacular looking pose :-).

k@ from Paris, France

Those browns & reds are just stunning, what a great insect & pic

4 Jul 2010 10:57am

@k@: Thanks again for commenting. It is the brightest colored species to be found in Belgium.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Ik heb pas een foto geplaatst van een libel in dezelfde houding en leerde toen dat deze handstand (de obeliskhouding) bedoeld is om oververhitting te voorkomen door de hoeveelheid lichaamsoppervlak te verkleinen. Dit is een mooi rood exemplaar gefotografeerd in warm licht en 't lijkt wel alsof zijn achterlijf een ingebouwd lampje heeft ;)

4 Jul 2010 3:20pm

@Monique: De foto heb ik ondertussen gezien :-) Geweldige foto trouwens !!! Zo leren we weer wat bij. Het lijkt me inderdaad een heel logische verklaring voor deze ietwat bizarre houding en het moet gezegd, deze foto heb ik gemaakt op een van de warmste dagen van het jaar tot hiertoe. Ontzettend bedankt voor de toegevoegde info !!!

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

At first I thought you tilted this to make him do the handstand but reading.. it really did that! Amazing colorful insect-- I see a circus job for him in the future. It can be a family thing!

4 Jul 2010 9:16pm

@Dutçh: I just learned from Monique that this position is to reduce the heating. The surface on which the sun is directly shining is reduced... seems a very reasonalble explannation to me... Maybe we can try this too when temperatures rise too high ... :-) This is the most colorfull dragonfly to be seen in Belgium. The red is so bright and intens. That is for the males - the females are much paler and have not that much red...
Thanks for the extensive comments again, Kristen. My summer holiday started - so I'll be around again some more to visit your images.. be prepared :p

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Wow, how did I missed this fantatsic series? i´m too tired now to comment all your winged treasures, but I will come back the next days - this is an acrobatic and colourful excitement!

7 Jul 2010 10:13pm

@daniela scharnowski: I'll look forward to your comments then :-) Have a good sleep !

Canon EOS 400D
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ISO 200
300 mm