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Brown Hawker Dragonfly

Brown Hawker Dragonfly
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 10:27
Viewed: 6038
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Brown Hawker Dragonfly.

Adults. Adult body about 687378 mm long. Average wingspan 102 mm; hindwings 4149 mm long.

The eyes dorsally broadly contiguous; brown and green, or brown and blue.

Legs dark brown. Thoracic antehumeral stripes absent. The wings spread more or less horizontally in repose; dissimilar in shape and venation; sessile; colour tinted throughout. The tinting amber. The inner wing venation brown. Discoidal cell divided longitudinally into a conspicuous triangle and supra-triangle. Antenodal veins in the forewings about 1822 (fewer in the hindwings); incorporating two conspicuously stronger primaries, and those in the costal and subcostal spaces unaligned. Pterostigma well over twice but no more than five times as long as wide; reddish brown.

Abdomen linear from a conspicuously swollen base (briefly somewhat constricted behind the swelling in the male); 4954 mm long (female), or 5460 mm long (male); predominantly dark brown; complexly patterned (both sexes with narrow yellow interrupted bands, and blue spots on segments 2 and 3 in the male); without a yellow triangle on segment 2; with mid-dorsal spots (these lateral and whitish in the male), or without mid-dorsal spots (in the female). Abdominal segments 9 and 10 neither colour-banded nor colour-spotted. The male abdomen auriculate on segment 2; with a single inferior anal appendage.

Nymphs. The nymphs stout, the body expanded in the middle; when mature, 4046 mm long.

The eyes large; approaching one another closely at a point on the top of the head; convex dorsally, their posterior margins not aligned. The head in dorsal view not markedly narrowing from immediately behind the eyes. The postocular lobes curving sharply to the back of the head from some distance behind the eyes. The antennae 7 segmented. The mask narrowed gradually to the hinge (its length much less than twice the front width). The prementum relatively short, being much less than twice as long as its front width. The mask with a flat prementum; with a short slit-like median cleft. The prementum bearing 0 major setae. The body of the labial palps bearing 0 major setae. Distal margins of the labial palps entire. Legs shorter than the abdomen; fore- and middle tarsi 3-segmented.

Yes I know not my best composition but it's an hour to made this shot because, this big one is always flying and stays mostley a few cm above the ground.
I hope you like the photo.
regard jaap

eng55, crs, siggi, flashpoint, matatur, kmr13777, Pentaxfriend, Argus, maurydv, boreocypriensis, Alex99, horia, jhm, Dis. Ac., Evelynn has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-10 10:28]

Hi Jaap,
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on,details are tack sharp.colors,framing and composition are also wondeful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-10 10:34]

Hello Jaap,

This is an other excelent photo of the dreagonfly. You have focuse so well on the insect that, togeter with the well chosen DOF, body os shown in great sharpness. Colors are very fine and natural looking. You have captured well the yellow colr from the wings.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-10 10:51]

Great macro Jaap.
Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details Very good job. Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-10 11:02]

Hi Jaap. A nice side view of this colourful Dragonfly. Very good use of the light which has made the wings and eyes shine. with sharp detail. well done TFS. interesting notes too.

Hi Jaap,
You really are a master at photographing these beautiful creatures. This is not that easy to do! This one is well camouflaged but we can see excellent details, beautiful colors and lightning. Well seen and well done!

hello Jaap,
compliments for this capture of this male of aeshna grandis,good details and colors

best sERGIO

This must be a big one Jaap, a fine capture in good focus and exposure, within natural surroundings. A rare capture I'm sure, TFS this fine image my friend.

Hello Jaap,
Excellent colors, details and appropriate exposure. Great shot!



Hallo Jaap,

Dat is zekker lang geleden.
Deze voor mij onbekende libel heb je er mooi opstaan
dit is zeker wel een uur heen en weer lopen waard
ik ben blij dat je het geduld hebt gehad om dit met ons te delen

TFS Thijs

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-10 13:02]

Hello Jaap,
A fine specimen of A. grandis caught from a great POV with superb sharpness and DOF that make it well seen against the nettle BG. The lighting, especially on the head, is excellent and the Composition is pleasing.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Ciao Jaap,
splendida cattura di libellula, eccellenti POV e DOF, bello il taglio compositivo, l'ambientazione naturale non disturba la straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, belli e luminosi i colori.

Hi Jaap, superb macro shot of this ptetty dragonfly from an nice POV with nice details and composition.

TFS and cheers,


hello jaap,
nice capture of the brown hawker dragonfly, spot on focus, good exposure, well composed shot, very good dof to get the total insect body in sharp focus,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-10 22:07]

Hi Jaap.
I like unusual and very impressive dark colour palette of the picture an amazing specimen of dragonfly. DOF is great and all insect is reproduced perfectly as well as attractive objects surrounding it. POV is great and square cropping is very suitable for captured subject. Best regards and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-11 5:57]

Hi Japp

Another very interesting dragonfly photo here from you!
This is a species that i've never seen before (probably because it's very rare in my country) and i take great pleasure in viewing it here in TN :)
As you said yourself, this isn't really the best composition and the BG is a bit distracting, but to even catch this species resting and get a good photo from such a short distance is a terrific thing indeed.
I like that i can see the markings on its body clearly and that i'm able to read vast interesting info from the note.

Bravo and TFS

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-11 9:52]

Hoi Jaap , Deze is ook heel mooi , je ziet ze niet veel en ze zitten nooit lang stil , en meestal op de gromd , maar deze zit best mooi , ook mooie kleuren en details ,groeten teunie .

Hallo Jaap,
Ik vraag me af hoe je zo dichtbij kunt komen. En vooral waar je ze vindt.
Ik geloof je als je zegt en schrijft dat het heel wat tijd vergt...
Bedankt en groeten

Ciao Jaap, beautiful composition with splendid dragonfly, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-11-12 2:32]

Dag Jaap,

Ik had deze soort zelf nog nooit gezien.
Toch weet u deze mooi te presenteren, want het is wel moeilik door the camouflage van dragonflyer.
Toch lekker scherp scherp en zacht van kleur. Bedankt.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-11-12 6:46]
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Excellent close-up Jaap, good details and nice sharp focus. It's very interesting that you are using the Tamron 90mm di as I was thinking of purchasing it early next year. How are you finding it? I did consider the Nikon 105 VR until someone told me that the VR was unusable for 1:1 macro work anyway.

Great shot and TFS,


hallo jaap,

goede compositie van de Glazenwasser als ik me niet vergis.
Ook het gezichtsveld is wel goed maar de achtergrond vind ik persoonlijk veel te druk.


Witaj Jaap,
Beauty dragon-fly in unparalleled for me colours. Very sharp picture and miraculous eyes. Very spacious description.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

What a colorful dragonfly. I love the patches of blue. I admire your perseverance in getting the shot. Sharpness and exposure are excellent.

Evelynn : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-15 9:42]

Hello Jaap! Great details on that macro, great subject, well composed and very good quality! Well done!


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