I showed a male specimen in yesterday's image so more info on the species can be found there. Females are yellowish or pale brown colored and the pterostigma is cream. Kristen asked in a comment on yesterday's image for more detail in the wings... so for todays female I chose a more wing-orientated image. Like most of the Sympetrum species wings are mostly held to the front while resting. That is why the focal plane runs from the eyes though the wings. Left and right wings seem a bit asymmetrical in this image. This optical effect is due to the wind, comming from the right, pushing the right wings a little to the inside. I observed this female for nearly an hour. She regularly flew away but always returned to exactly the same spot within a few minutes. So a tip for those who wants to make images of dragonflies: don't go chasing after them when they fly away - most of the time they are too fast. First observe, try to find their resting-spot and just wait for them to return... they (nearly) always do... It will save you some energy and meanwhile you have time to set up a tripod and prepare for a good image ...
Image: Mol (BE) - 06/08/2010
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