Eight-Winged Nessie by Wolf Read

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Two Cardinal Meadowhawks (Sympetrum illotum) fly in tandem, male in the lead, female in tow. The two ruddy odonates have recently mated, and the male is assisting the female in laying eggs in a pond. Though eggs were deposited in other locations, the two found this spot to be the most promising. And here they spent a fair amount of time dropping the seeds of new red dragons.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 11, -1/3 EV, ISO 1250

Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
07 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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  • Chuck Gardner
    Chuck Gardnerabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Frosty, with excellent info.. I’ve been seeing a lot of these C meadowhawks in my yard lately… Need a pond!!!☺

  • Thank you very much, Chuck. Lately I have been seeing darners fly past my patio—and I live in a very urban location. They seem to get around.

    – Wolf Read

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4about 4 years ago

    Great shot — wonderful information!

  • Thank you much, eaglewatcher.

    – Wolf Read

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