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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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Photography is my passion, and nature photography is my favorite.


I have been in Explore for more that a hundred times, and it is an awesome experience to have your photos showcased in such a special way.


I'm in many groups, and I only add my photos to them if they are not private.


I thank your for coming today, for leaving a comment, and make a favorite of yours this photo, (if that is the case) thanks again!


The best part of this forum is the contacts and friends that I have made over the years, that have the same passion for this art that is called photography!




On a pond in Philadelphia

On a pond in Philadelphia

On a pond in Philadelphia

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

this dragonfly can measure a greater than 8 cm, Par

On a pond in Philadelphia

Dragonfly hanging on a wire rod. Please view large.

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).

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


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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.

On a pond in Philadelphia

The last 3 pics of this dragonfly

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Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)

Aperture: f/9

Focal Length: 300 mm

ISO Speed: 100

Exposure Bias: -7/10 EV


Dragonfly shot with my 80-400 zoom.

So far the dragonflies have been passing by our garden, so this is the first one that was friendly enough to pose for me.

Made it to 117 on Explore. Thanks folks!

I didn't get a top shot, neither does my European Insect book have face on shots, so no ID for this one unless anyone can say different. (ID now from Eddiethebugman - thanks) I have a feeling this might be a Darter, it wasn't as large as, say, a Hawker.


View on Black - click on image or press L.

This dragonfly was so patient with me..

Both the blue and the red variety were quite scare this year.

A challenge I've self imposed for this summer is to try to photograph and identify the numerous Dragonflies and Damselflies that are in this area. I am finding this is no easy task. Oh, the slogging through the woods and swampy areas is as fun as can be (and my dogs absolutely LOVE the adventures) and I truly do enjoy taking 100's of pictures & culling through them at the end of the day. But identification is a bitch. About all I can tell you about these photos, is I "think" they are all the same species. The lack of wing spots, the fork tail, the coloring --- all throw me for a loop -- but I do think the images are "pretty" . . . . . . . .


UPDATE: Well, now I'm pretty sure these are Corporal Dragonflies, the brown colored one in the 2nd photo being a female. Did you know that the order of Dragonflies is 300 million years old?




A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well.


Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.



Front page Explore#67. July 30,2009


Beautiful Dragonfly

I want to be able to set you free,

Fly, Fly, Fly,

But I don't want to let you go,

High in the sky,

I want to be able to hold you in my grasp forevever,

Beautiful Dragonfly,

But I don't want to hold on.

Ah! Sigh, Sigh, Sigh,

At the very least, please see that I at least want to try.


I thought about deleting this photo, I didn't care for the way the front part of the dragonfly came out but the more I looked at the photo it started to grow on me. I had the sunlight behind me and it illuminated the wings of the perfectly


I was shooting from underneath the dragonfly, it was sitting on one of the evergreen trees in my yard. Check out the larger sizes of the photo


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


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