Saturday, 28 June 2014

Fast Flyer


The female Broad-bodied libélula     Libellula depressa  

The young male also looks like this female but the mature male is blue. I know this one is a female because I saw it mating.Although the female  is classified as being brown, she was decidedly more yellow looking than brown, with lighter yellow markings down sides of her abdomen. 
This fast flying darter alighted on a garden marker, which is near the fish pond especially for this purpose. It attracts all kinds of dragonflies to it's warm wooden surface. She seemed to be waiting ( perhaps for a mate) and thankfully  a male  appeared the next day. As I took too many photos for one post, I will show you the male of the species on my next post.

 
 She left the marker only a few times to hunt, but always returned to the same place. She looked in my direction several times, but my close proximity didn't seem to bother her. I think she had other things on her mind!:))


 
Although I didn't noticed she may even have started her existence in the pond, as and they do prefere to breed in garden ponds or similar bodies of water.


 

Both the male and the female have very broad abdómens, and all wings are brown at the base.

 

The wing span is (76mm) and the length is 45 mm. It's not a large dragonfly but it's a pretty little thing, especially when  the wings shimmer in the bright sunlight.

 

22 comments:

Ela said...

It's great to watch all the details especially the amazing wings !
Gorgeous photos !
Have a nice weekend :)

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Wow! Fabulous photos :-). Congratulations! We love this species of dragonfly.
Cheers:-)

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Such a wonderful pictures.. Congrats..

Bob Bushell said...

Oh well, you shot this one 100%, I think it is the most brilliant, the last one is my favourite, fantastic.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful amber and gold tones!

Jette Hollesen said...

Wonderful shots. The wings are fantastic!!!

Hugs from
JetteMajken

Carole M. said...

suuper photos; what a treat. I love nature too and your close ups are so crisp

hmuxo said...

OMGoodness! You're such a good photographer...excellent photos!!!

susan said...

lovely photos, beautiful wings
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Mike Attwood said...

Excellent pictures of a right little poser.

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

Wonderful close-ups with great details. We have similar ones over here except that the abdomens are longer and slimmer.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Such amazing macro shots!! I am so glad that you're back blogging :)

chusa said...

Bellissima libellula,
sembra tutta d'oro!

Kisses!

S. Etole said...

These are remarkable in their detail.

karmnik54 said...

Uwielbiam małe w powiększeniu:)

Rita Vaselli said...

A dragonfly interesting that I never seen. A photoshoot worthy of a supermodel ,I love wonderful details of wings above gorgeous golden dress.
Have nice week in the summer garden,dear Sonija. Hugs and kisses,Rita

M said...

Wonderful and close up, I really like this pictures. Never seen a broad-bodied Dragonfly. The yellow colour is so beautiful. I will try to put a garden marker close to our pond. Thank´s for that tip. I´ve noticed that they have a favorite place in the nature.
Best regards
Monica

Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

Wow, a fantastic series, Sonija. So supersharp and with beautiful colours. Fantastic that your husband's condition is improving. Greetings from the Netherlands, Joke

Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

Wow, a fantastic series, Sonija. So supersharp and with beautiful colours. Fantastic that your husband's condition is improving. Greetings from the Netherlands, Joke

Noushka said...

Lovely photos of depressa!
The females always have a yellow abdomen unless the are very old in which case the become blueish brow...
Your jay is superb too!
congratulations for the quality of your pics!
Keep well!

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Sonjia!

Its wings are just a marvellous piece of engineering, captured on a great set of shots.And I just can`t help adimiring your patience... in order to get it done.

Have a good week
Vitor

LUNA said...

Zachwycająca.

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