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At Last - A Dragonfly!

At Last - A Dragonfly!
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 7:48
Viewed: 3203
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Flame Skimmer or Firecracker Skimmer (Libellula saturata) is a common dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to western North America.

Male Flame Skimmers are known for their entirely red or dark orange body, this includes eyes, legs, and even wing veins. Females are usually a medium or darker brown with some thin, yellow markings. This particular type of skimmer varies in size but is generally measured somewhere between two and three inches long. These naiads are known for being rather large and chubby-looking due to their rounded abdomen. They are covered with hair but, unlike most young dragonflies, they lack hooks or spines.

Due to its choice habitat of warm ponds, streams, or hot springs, flame skimmers are found mainly in the southwestern part of the United States. Although it nearly always makes its home near hot springs, it has also been found in low elevation deserts in southwest Idaho.

A baby flame skimmer, also called a naiad, feeds mainly on aquatic insects. Its diet consists of mosquito larvae, aquatic fly larvae, mayfly larvae, freshwater shrimp, small fish, and tadpoles. The naiads, which live in the mud at the bottom of warm streams or ponds, will catch their prey by waiting patiently for it to pass by. Adult skimmers usually feed on moths, flies, ants, or any other soft-bodied insect while waiting perched on a small rock or twig or while flying through the air.

Breeding for flame skimmers occurs during their flight season from May to September. Males will compete with other males for prime breeding locations and females. After mating, the male and female will separate and the female will fly off alone to lay her eggs. She does this by hovering above small streams or ponds and dipping the end of her abdomen into the water. Often she will deposit her eggs in many different places in order to prevent the naiads from using each other as a source of food.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-18 7:55]

Congratulations Jane!
Not only on taking your first dragonfly, but taking such a fine shot of it!
This Flame Skimmer is super sharp and the colours look great and natural in a pleasing composition against a contrasting OOF natural BG.
Well done and TFS!

hello Jane
very nice shot with good pose and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful Flame Skimmer dragonfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-18 8:36]

Hi Jane,

Incredible insect with extreme colors. Very sharp details and the background is well choosen.


Hi Jane,i hope that this will be not the next dinner of your birds...ehhe...what a beautifull close-up,a great and unusual point of view and a impressive sharpness,i think that the red is not hard and warm like in the reality but i don't know this subspecie and maybe the colors are like in your pic.Thanks for this different pic,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hi Jane,

at least an Dragonfly...... and what for one..
Great details, pov and dof.
Fine colours.
Very beautiful image Jane!
Well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-18 10:07]

Hello Jane,
Very well done!! This one is beautiful and your capture very nice showing it in a lovely pose! Fantastic details too and the colours are stunning.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-18 11:57]

Hello Jane,
A common dragonfly??? Never seen before. Fantastic colours and superb sharpness and details. Great POV and composition. Beautiful contrasting OOF BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-18 13:00]

Hello Jane.
A very beautiful dragonfly photo.I really like the details and colors of your subject here as well as your spot-on exopsure and management.
The DOF is also very very good and the BG it gave you is wonderful and in very good contrast with this Flame Skimmer.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jane, splendid drasgonfly, wonderful macrowith excellent sharpness, fine details and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Jane,
a very beautiful capture of the Flame Skimmer, very good sharpness and splendid contrast of vivid colours, a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-19 5:11]

Hello Jane
Nice capture I saw my first one 2 week ago but I did not have a chance at it.Excellent work good POV and sharp image with lovely natural colors.
TFS Michel

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-08-19 19:40]
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Hello Jane,
Great to see you managed to get a fine macro of this beautiful Flame Skimmer. Love the side angle view and wonderful detail along with the vivid red coloration. Those summer rains must have done some good in order for you to have these guys around in your area. Well Done!!

Dear Jane,
Thank you for showing this beautiful insect. I have not seen one before, and my eyes are definitely not good enough to see all the details, which you superbly present in this image!

The colours are stunning - and besides the thin spikes on the legs - I find the oddly shaped eye also very interesting!

Talking of interesting, you put a lot of work into researching your notes and present them well.

I thank you also for visiting my portfolio and your kind words about the Saltlick!

Have a nice week-end
Warm Greetings, Spring is on the way here

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-24 19:20]

Hi Jane,
Great image for your first dragonfly. At first I thought man would he stick out, then I remembered Arizona, red rock, blue skies. Wonderful job my friend.

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