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Sympetrum danae

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Sympetrum danae (Black Darter / Zwarte heidelibel) is a very active summer dragonfly from the Libellulidae family, restricted to acidic shallow pools, lake margins and ditches in lowland heath and moorland bogs, usually with bog-mosses. With a lenght of 29 - 34 mm it is the smallest member of the genus. Both sexes have black legs and pterostigma and a very broad base to the hind wing. The thorax has yellow sides separated by a bold black panel in which are three yellow spots. In this image you can see a male which has a mainly black thorax and abdomen. The abdomen has small yellow marks on the side, that darken with age. The wings are clear. (The female has brown eyes. The abdomen is mainly yellow, becoming browner with age. It has small yellow patches at the wing bases.)

Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 07/07/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Fantastic! Such wonderful delicacy.

16 Jul 2010 9:11am

@GJC: Thanks again, GJC !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Your background is the perfect color to display the wing detail. I like how you framed it, too.

17 Jul 2010 2:22am

@Julie Brown: Thanks Julie. Those wing details keep me impressing each time.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Like panes awaiting stained glass. I bit loose on the dof, blurred at the far end of the wings, but faaarrrrr better than I can do!

25 Jul 2010 9:25pm

@Dutçh: Think I was too much focussed on getting a composition with "some space in the flying direction" ... :ppppp

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Ohhh see how you tease me! ;)

28 Jul 2010 5:12am

@Dutçh: I'm not even thinking about that... :p

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
F/8.0
ISO 200
150 mm

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