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For me is amazing to photograph tiny insects like the dragonflies. Incredible acrobats and they don seem to mind being photograph at all. The down part of photographing these guys is that you have to get into the skirts of lakes or rivers to get close to them, and by doing that get dirty, but their photos are amazing!


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Dragonflies and damselflies (together known as Odonata) are among the most remarkably distinctive insects in their appearance and biology, and they have become some of the most popular creatures sought by avocational naturalists.


Dragonflies have been perfecting their flight tactics for a long time. The earliest known fossils of dragonfly-like insects are from the Carboniferous period; these 325 million year old eugeropterids, as they are called, were roughly similar in size to modern dragonflies, but they had 3 pairs of wings. The 3rd pair was much reduced in size and it is thought to have acted as an airfoil to provide additional stability in flight. The meganeurid dragonflies which graced the skies during the Permian 250-300 million years ago more closely resembled our modern dragonflies but on a much larger scale; specimens found in Oklahoma and Kansas show wingspans of 27-28 inches. Fossils of what appear to be modern families of Odonata have been found beginning in the Jurassic period, about 145-200 million years ago.


Sometimes the wing patterns of a Dragonfly are so distinctive that no other clues are necessary for identification. Such is the case with the Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida). It is the only dragonfly with a rounded spot and a white stigma (the little opaque mark on the leading edge of the wing near the tip) on each wing. This can be a very common dragonfly at times, but they are difficult to approach. Other characteristics include a very slender abdomen that is quite swollen at the base, and brown color in the female and black in the male.


I believe this is a female Four-Spotted Pennant which I found on the shore of Lake Kissimmee at Joe Overstreet Landing in Osceola County, Florida.

There wern't many butterflies at the gardens for some reason but there were plenty of dragonflies.


This little guy was drinking in the morning sunlight when I first arrived.

Dragonfly warming up to fly

A wasp? No, this is a tiny dragonfly that appeared to be a wasp at first sight. Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly - Morgan County, Alabama - 2017

Dragonflies are here again, dancing everywhere, one blue-turquoise-green-emerald vibration in the air.

Dragonfly shot with my 80-400 zoom.

Besides all the great birds that were attracted to the feeders and flowers at the Harrison's house, dragonflies ocassionally landed on the flowers. The 500 made for a decent "macro" lens as well.


Cerro Azul, Panama. February 2017

Salinas da Figueira da Foz


Mount Cootha Gardens, Macro Workshop

dragonfly, libellule, cette libellule mesure un peux plus de 8 cm

this dragonfly can measure a greater than 8 cm, Par

Dragonfly hanging on a wire rod. Please view large.

Dragonflies and damselflies are large, conspicuous insects often found close to fresh water. The Order Odonata is divided into two suborders, the Anisoptera containing the dragonflies, and the Zygoptera containing the damselflies. Odonata closely resemble the oldest flying insects known from fossils. These fossil 'dragonflies' were very large, with one species reaching 71 cm in wingspan.

Adult dragonflies are generally stout bodied and when at rest spread their wings out to the sides. Damselflies are generally more delicate and hold their wings along their body when at rest.

The larval stages of the two suborders can be distinguished by the placement of the gills. Dragonfly larvae suck water into their abdomen and move it over their internal gills. Damselfly larvae have gills at the end of the body as three appendages.

Like many insects, the larval and adult stages of dragonflies and damselflies differ in their shape and behaviour and use different habitats.

Eggs are laid into, or close to, water. The larvae adopt an aquatic lifestyle, with only a few exceptions. They feed on aquatic animals such as other insects, tadpoles and occasionally fish. Some larval dragonflies and damselflies are commonly known as 'mudeyes'. They are important in the diets of many aquatic predators such as fish. After progressing through up to twelve larval stages the larvae crawl out of the water. Their skin splits and the adults emerge. The adults are predators that often capture prey while flying.

The adult stage has a pre-reproductive period that may last up to three weeks. At this stage the colour of the wings and body may change and the adults may disperse from their emergence point.

The reproductive phase may involve the establishment of territories by males, which are protected against other males of the same species. Copulation involves the male grasping the female behind the head with appendages on his abdomen while she bends her abdomen underneath his thorax to recover a packet of sperm that he has placed there. Adults may be seen flying in this tandem position


It had stormed overnight and there were raindrops beaded up on the vegetation. When both sunlight and a dragonfly hit this grass blade, I wanted to capture the moment.

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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Dragonfly’s eyes have about 30,000 lenses and have a full 360-degree field of vision, but they don’t see details very well. A human eye only has one lens and sees better than a dragonfly, but only to the front and side.

Dragonflies - Libelle


The dragonflies (Odonata) form an order within the class of insects (Insecta). Of the 5680 known species (as of 2008) [1] in Central Europe occur about 85. The wingspan of the animals is in general between 20 and 110 mm, the type Megaloprepus coerulatus (Zygoptera, Pseudostigmatidae, so a "small" dragonfly), however, can even reach a maximum span of 190 mm.


Die Libellen (Odonata) bilden eine Ordnung innerhalb der Klasse der Insekten (Insecta). Von den 5680 bekannten Arten (Stand: 2008)[1] treten in Mitteleuropa etwa 85 auf. Die Flügelspannweite der Tiere beträgt in der Regel zwischen 20 und 110 mm, die Art Megaloprepus coerulatus (Zygoptera, Pseudostigmatidae; also eine „Klein“libelle) kann allerdings sogar eine maximale Spannweite von 190 mm erreichen.

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The insect family Aeshnidae comprises the hawkers (or darners in North America). They are the largest dragonflies found in North America and Europe and are among the largest dragonflies on the planet. This family represents also the fastest flying dragonflies of the order of the dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata).

A close look at this beautiful Dragonfly. It is perched over algae-covered water, providing a nice background.


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Nikon D7100. Tamron 180mm Macro. 1/500th @ f/13. ISO 1250. EV = 0.0

Local: pousada de meu amigo Ricardo Bassi - Águas Santas - Foto extraída de meus arquivos.


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On a pond in Philadelphia

On a pond in Philadelphia

On a pond in Philadelphia

Libellula fulva?

Ich hoffe, es ist die richtige Beschreibung.

I hope it's the right name.

Dragonflies are out in force! Loved the vibrant orange on this one.

View On Black


Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)

Aperture: f/9

Focal Length: 300 mm

ISO Speed: 100

Exposure Bias: -7/10 EV


Dragonfly sounds so cool, but no idea what kind of species this dragon is

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