Odonata 2012/13/14
Dec 3, 2013Public
Photo: Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
My first sighting of a Damselfly this year, not at home but it won't be long hopefully before I start seeing damsels and dragons here!

For #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron
and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
and #buggyfriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh
Photo: Red Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), female
Cap de Creus, Catalonia, Spain
Macro Monday's mini theme of 'Peeking' is a hard one! I've gone back through loads of bug photos and can't find just the right image for the theme. So I chose this one, as anyone who has shot dragonflies will know that moment when they suddenly cock their heads and give you a silly grin. I like to think she was peeking at me as much as I was gawking at her. I've better photos of her but I did like her face here.

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Photo: Black Tailed Skimmer, male (Orthetrum cancellatum)
Now this is one I haven't seen at home yet, but saw it perched out over water at the edge of a large lake when we were out one day. Because you can't choose your position very well in these circumstances it got a lot of glare from the sun and water, which I've managed to tone down using a BeFunky effect.
Can anyone tell me (+Marianne Skov Jensen?) whether using a polarizing filter in these sort of circumstances would be helpful (I get a lot of glare shootng odonata because of water, sun and not usually having the option to shoot from any other angle/directon). If so, then I will invest in the adaptor and filter for my SX50.

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Photo: Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)
I saw two of these beauties this year, the second time one suddenly landed on my garden fork as I as digging up spuds!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-ringed_Dragonfly

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Photo: Southern Darter (Sympetrum meridionale), female
Taken early Sept on coastal heathland at Pointe du Grouin, Ille et Vilaine, Bretagne, France.

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Photo: Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa), male
This year I have really enjoyed watching, photographing and learning (by hours spent on ID!) all about the Odonata that I have seen around my little lake, and elsewhere. The background here is actually water, not sky, which is why there are odd blobs, which I can't fix because they are behind the wings!

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Photo: Southern Hawker dragonfly, female (Aeshna cyanea)
Hi guys, I am back home after my trip to England. Can you believe that I see the male/s of this species often around my pond, but they have never stopped flying ever, except for those 10 seconds they hover in front of me going "ya boo sucks, you'll never get a photo of me" just to goad me :-)
Yet my first day in England and here's a female who landed on a plant in a hedgerow in front of me and didn't move whilst I took umpteen photos and some right up close to her head. Those eyes are practically see through which I found really amazing! They have spectacular colouring both male and female but I just chose this close up one to post this time.

Hope you have all been behaving yourselves whilst I've been away and I'll endeavour to get back to the curating tomorrow so you can take a long earned break +Kim Sinclair - thank you for holding the fort and I hope it hasn't been too busy.

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Photo: Common Darter, male (Sympetrum striolatum)
Spot the Spider!
I didn't notice the spider was on the twig that the dragonfly was perching on until it was on my monitor! Unfortunately and as is so often the case, the only photo that showed all of the spider was the one that had a blurry dragonfly.... and the sharpest shot of the dragonfly only had half a spider in it! Luckily I took a number of shots. :-)
This is a male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), another new species I have spotted around my pond that has just appeared in the last week, and the spider is a Stretch spider of the Tetragnatha genus (probably T. extensa). They are often found around water.

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Photo: Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus), male or female (both look identical to me)
Photo: Blue-tailed Damselflies (Ischnura elegans)
I've been studying Odonata around my pond and elsewhere these last few weeks, trying to learn more about them and the different species. At long last these two decided to mate right in front of me. They were at it for quite a while so I had plenty of opportunity to get lots of shots from different angles! :-) The grass seed head is full of bugs too - aphids I think.

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Photo: Red Veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
taken at the Ebro Delta, Catalonia, Spain

This is an young male. They start off yellow and similar to the female, then get progressively more red as they mature. I couldn't ID any of the Odonata I captured on holiday without looking at photos on the web, as I realised that my insect book just didn't have enough space to be showing pictures of every insect at every stage of its life. Shame, but then it wouldn't have been a light book to take away with me, and it did come in very handy for moths and beetles!

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Photo: Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans), male
Photo: Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) ?
Photo: Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) ?
Photo: Unknown dragonfly. Unable to ID, it has grey pterostigma.