Two Blue Territorial Defenders by Wolf Read


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A Blue Dasher ( Pachydiplax longipennis ) shares a dried cattail perch with an a larger Eight-spotted Skimmer ( Libellula forensis ). The opportunity to show the two different species side-by-side is wonderful. These two dragons, both male, compliment each other beautifully with their bright powder-blue coloration. And their size difference is noticeable.

The skimmer awaited the passage of one of several males on this warm, sunny day. With a close encounter between two, and sometimes three individuals, the skimmers took off in lovely, swooping flight, circling each other in territorial challenges, or showing off to the ladies waiting on nearby stems and leaves. The dasher enthusiastically flew into everyone else’s business. Aggressively defending its territory, the plucky little sky-blue dragonfly chased after much larger skimmers and darners with abandon. Both creatures provided much entertainment on a quiet afternoon.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/500 sec, f / 11, -1/3 EV, ISO 640

Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
07 Jul 2010

Featured in Dragonflies on 08 Jul 2010.


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I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • linaji
    linajiabout 4 years ago

    So good to see you again, and this is why.. GREAT SHOT! (plus you’re nice:=}})

  • Thank you much on all counts, linaji. When I saw the two dragons posed together, I could barely contain my excitement as I closed in for photos.

    – Wolf Read

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture! It is so crisp, and detailed. I LOVE IT!!

  • Thank you much, Dave & Trena.

    – Wolf Read

  • Kane Slater
    Kane Slaterabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature, Kane!

    – Wolf Read

  • Kane Slater
    Kane Slaterabout 4 years ago

    Since you liked the new banner…

  • Hey, cool! Thanks for the two banners!

    – Wolf Read

  • William Brennan
    William Brennanabout 4 years ago

    Awesome shot of the two different dragonflies. You don’t see something like this too often. The Dashers are plucky little things aren’t they? They don’t seem intimidated by the other larger dragonflies. :)

  • A belated thank you much, William. Indeed the dashers seem ready to go after anything that moves, especially if it has some blue on it.

    – Wolf Read

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