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Sympetrum striolatum - mating

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 November 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Sympetrum striolatum (NL: Bruinrode heidelibel / EN: Common Darter / DE: Große Heidelibelle / FR: Sympétrum strié) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe, occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, though with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes. In the south of its range adults are on the wing all year round. Sympetrum species are not easy to tell apart and in most areas more than one Sympetrum species will occur. Females and Teneral individuals have light yellow thorax and abdomen. Males (left in the image) turn red as they mature. Females darken with age, becoming a dark chocolate brown, and sometimes develop a blue colouration to the bottom of the abdomen (see image !). The wings also develop a brown tinge with age. In all cases the legs have a cream or yellow stripe on a black background - this is a diagnostic feature of this species.

Image: Schilde (BE) – 27/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Mooie from Vancouver, Canada


5 Nov 2012 7:07am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great macro!

5 Nov 2012 8:59am

Sylvie capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

vraiment encore une magnifique photo ! quelle merveille !

5 Nov 2012 5:18pm

Sylvie capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

je me demande comment tu peux faire pour approcher ainsi et que les insectes restent sur place !

5 Nov 2012 5:19pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Superb macro!

6 Nov 2012 12:48am

omid from mashhad, Iran


6 Nov 2012 11:25am

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm