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Sympetrum pedemontanum - male

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 10 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Sympetrum pedemontanum (Bandheidelibel (BE) / Banded Darter (EN) / Gebänderte Heidelibelle (DE) / Sympétrum du Piémont (FR) ) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. like most members of the genus, this male has a red abdomen. The species' primary distinguishing feature however is the presence of broad black bands across the outer section of each wing. Adult males have a red pterostigma. It is maybe the most easy species in Belgium to recognize, but finding it is difficult: it is rare to very rare.

Image: Mol (BE) - 06/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Another great photo of this beautiful species, I wish there were more where we live. I enjoy your commentary very much.

10 Aug 2010 6:37am

@Christine: I think there are several species of drangonflies in the UK too ? I must say: a few years ago I did not see many dragonflies around here but now I almost see them everyday. This is not because there weren't that much dragonflies before - it is just that I pay lots more attention to them now. So maybe you'd be surprised how many there are in you neighbourhood .... Let me know ... Have a nice day, Christine

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

terrific legs ! I recently learned that long time ago (in the begining) they were udge (wingspan of 60 cm

10 Aug 2010 6:39am

@Veronique: That is right, Veronique, and not surprising at all. Temeratures were higher back then ... And as for all species, this mostly result in bigger and bigger.... Even in this time we can see the same effect. In the equator-region most species are much bigger then in our region. Going more to the north, species tend to be much smaller... It is all a matter of available energy ... But i'm very happy these species aren't as big anymore as "in the beginning" ... Have a great day, Veronique.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice detail on the legs and head, Johan. Another great find for you!

10 Aug 2010 10:18am

@Julie Brown: I did spend a whole day searching, observing and making images on this species.... I realy enjoyed being out there. As long as I enjoy doing this ... :-)

Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

great macro , congart !

10 Aug 2010 11:44am

@Cosmin: Thank you for you nice comment, Cosmin.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtig, mooie eenvoudige compositie, waardoor alle aandacht naar de libel gaat.
Precies de juiste scherptediepte en de beweging van de vleugels!!

10 Aug 2010 1:27pm

@Mascha: Ik heb zowat de hele dag gespendeerd aan het zoeken, observeren en fotograferen van deze soort. Maar het was meer dan de moeite waard. Een hele dag genieten in het zonnetje met enkel het geluid van zoemende insecten rond je oren... wat kan je nog meer wensen :p . Maak er een leuke dag van morgen.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Diese Gebänderte Heidelibelle ist unwahrscheinlich schön. Schöner Hintergrund - super Schärfe !

10 Aug 2010 5:41pm

@Loner: Thank you very much again, Sonja, for your enthousiasm.

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Perfect macro.5 *****

10 Aug 2010 7:13pm

@Gina: Thank you very much for the apreciation, Gina.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

perfection !!!!
5 etoiles !!
amitiés ,johan !

10 Aug 2010 7:18pm

@marc battault: Thanks for the * again, Marc. I'm realy glad you are enjoying my images.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I wish the wings were more clear but in trade for the sharp abdomen I think it's worthwhile. Nice job.

10 Aug 2010 7:33pm

@Dutçh: Ok, you'll get the wings tomorrow - promised - but I'll have to trade for the abdomen ... One can't get it all in life :p and i'll change the gender to female (for the same cost :p ). Thanks for all your efforts to comment the last series of images, Kristen.

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Beautiful dragonfly.

10 Aug 2010 10:30pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: I'm glad you like it, Phil.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Being out there-the immersion in nature-that is what makes it enjoyable for me as well.

11 Aug 2010 12:17am

@Julie Brown: It seems we share the same opinion on this :-)

Marilla from Turku, Finland

You have just fantastic shots here! This is an amazing dragonfly, really beautiful. I shot my first red dragonfly last weekend (Sympetrum vulgatum).

11 Aug 2010 4:56pm

@Marilla: Thank you for this comment (and adding me to your watch-list), Marilla. I checked out your portfolio too and found we share about the same interests: macro of plants and insects ... the smaller, the more fun :-) You have some stunning images posted, and I will return to your blog the comming days to leave some comments (also on older images). Hope to see your images of Sympetrum vulgatum soon. Have a nice day !

pixator from kerman, Iran

Amazing !! 5*****!

11 Aug 2010 6:39pm

@pixator: Thank you very much for the *. It is just a very atractive species to make images ...

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

wonderful - I ´ve met hundreds of these guys during my holidays - and the gurls also ;) my family nearly went crazy when I stopped - again - for another shot...

21 Aug 2010 1:49pm

@daniela scharnowski: I would stop also every time ! Must be wonderful to find them in big numbers together. In Belgium it is a very rare species. Hope to see some of those images of yours soon ...

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm