Dragonflies and Damselflies

AlanF

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This year I didn't find enough passion to go hunting dragonflies :(

But yesterdays walk brought me accross this couple of darters. I suppose, those are Sympetrum vulgatum.
I was quite surprised to see them mate in late October - though we have a really unusual warm autum this year.

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Sympetrum vulgatum -they are certainly vulgar doing that in public.
 

ISv

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I finally got the ID's of the two I posted on page 27: Cordulegaster heros and Sympetrum fonscolembei (help from entomologist - not my work).
 

Maximilian

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Hi Erik and ISv!
Do dragonflies carry mites or ticks? Or what are those small objects on the body of this ruddy darter.. ?
Whatever they are, they look perfectly organized :p
Looks more like kind of eggs (and I don't think these are Dragonfly eggs). Very interesting!
Very strange what you found there, Erik!

For sure those little round balls are no dragonfly eggs. This Darter is a male and female Darters only lay their eggs into the water but nor onto their partner.
For mites or ticks I would expect some legs or limbs visible, but maybe I am wrong here. And IMO those are too many and too well arranged.
I am thinking about some tumor, skin or fungal disease. But I am absolutely no specialist here.
If anyone knows, please tell us…
 

ISv

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Few from the last two weekends.


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ISv

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Excellent! Goes to show you are skilled and your AF is capable! Not that easy. The question is, how big is it in the frame, i.e. how far away?

Jack
Thanks for the "excellent"!
Opanda IExif says 3.55 meters. The closes focus distance of the lens is 2.20 meters.
 
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ISv

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I don't have many flight shots but this old one is different in that it's shot at 1/320 with 600mm.

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Nice! What lens/edition? Or may be (hmm - I'm almost sure that's the case) the Dragon is just hovering at that one point (if panning at 1/320 the background should be pretty blurred...)