Red, White and Black: The Striking Belted Whiteface by Wolf Read

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This Belted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia proxima) shared a pond with no less than a dozen other odonate species. He, and others of his kind (also known as Red-waisted Whitefaces), had a tendency to perch low, often on brown, leafless stems and branches that protruded from the water. This whiteface made an exception and decided that a green, springy leaf offered a workable perch.

Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/500 sec, f / 8, -1/3 EV, ISO 400

Belted Whiteface, Red-waisted Whiteface, Leucorrhinia proxima, Genus Leucorrhinia, Family Libellulidae, Suborder Anisoptera, Order Odonata, Class Insecta, dragonfly, whiteface, insect, odonate, arthropod, bug, red, white, black, perch, leaf, cattail, bokeh, Canon camera, Canon Rebel T1i, Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 1.4x II Extender, Botanical Gardens, University of British Columbia, UBC, GVRD, Vancouver, British Columbia, BC, Canada

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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  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesabout 4 years ago

    Lovely looking dragon!, whats with the name change?

  • Thank you much, Jon. And the name change: Just decided to go with my real name, as that is what I would prefer on my works.

    – Wolf Read

  • William Brennan
    William Brennanabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Wolf! Soon the dragonfly photo opps will end here in Jersey. I hate winter. LOL

  • Thank you much, William. In the winter, I switch to birds—that is when their plumage tends to be the best anyway. But I do miss the insects, especially the dragons. I saw a bunch of darners out around campus yesterday, but many of the perching-types are already gone, save a few late-season species like the Variegated Meadowhawk and the Autumn Meadowhawk.

    – Wolf Read

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