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Sympetrum sanguineum (M)

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 13 November 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Sympetrum sanguineum (NL: Bloedrode heidelibel / EN: Ruddy Darter / DE: Blutrote Heidelibelle / FR: Sympétrum rouge sang) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. It attains a wingspan of up to 6 cm. The head, thorax and abdomen of the male (see image) are vivid red, while the female is slightly smaller, and is a golden-yellow colour with black markings. The abdomen widens for the final third of its length and shows a marked pinched section where it joins the thorax. The all-black legs distinguish it from the otherwise very similar Sympetrum striolatum and Sympetrum vulgatum, both of which show yellow stripes on their legs.

Image: Visé (BE) – 04/09/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Great macro!

13 Nov 2012 5:14pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm