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Dragonfly Eye
Glass Lake – N.Y.
Olympus E510
Female dragonfly lay eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants. When laying eggs, some species will submerge themselves completely in order to lay their eggs on a good surface. The eggs then hatch into nymphs. Most of a dragonfly’s life is spent in the naiad (that is, nymph) form, beneath the water’s surface, using extendable jaws to catch other invertebrates or even vertebrates such as tadpoles, fish, etc. They breathe through gills in their rectum, and can rapidly propel themselves by suddenly expelling water through the anus. Some nymphs even hunt on land, an aptitude which could easily have been more common in ancient times when terrestrial predators were clumsier.

The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. In smaller species, this stage may last between two months and three years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant. Exposure to air causes the larvae to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the adult dragonfly crawls out of its old larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off to feed on midges and flies. The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as four months. (Wiki)


Comments

  • eXposure
    eXposureover 6 years ago

    magnificent macro …
    awesome detail

  • Thank you so much!!

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  • Robert Goulet
    Robert Gouletover 6 years ago

    Now that’s close.WOW. Well done.

  • Thank you : )

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  • RoughDiamond
    RoughDiamondover 6 years ago

    Yeah WOW is right. Unreal.

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  • ssphotographics
    ssphotographicsover 6 years ago

    I’m a big fan of macro photography … and that pic is just amazing. Really great shot, well done

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  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    Wow this is incredible!! WTG:)

  • Thank you so much .. I really appreciate it : )

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  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 6 years ago

    Fantastic! Awesome detail!

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  • julie08
    julie08over 6 years ago

    Fantastic:)

  • Thank you so much Julie : )

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  • Jeannette Sheehy
    Jeannette Sheehyover 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being a featured work in this group!!!!

  • Thank you so much Ms Sheehy :)

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  • Kuulei2you
    Kuulei2youover 6 years ago

    Awesome Macro, Fantastic colors !!!
    CONGRATS ON YOUR FEATURE ON ’THE MACRO GROUP

  • Thank you .. Congratulations to you too : )

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  • Pauline Tims
    Pauline Timsover 6 years ago

    WOW what a great shot , can I ask what camera / lens do you use?

  • Thank you so much Pauline : ) I have olympus camera’s and 2 Zuiko macro lens’s .. Not sure specifically which one I used because I switch them so often while taking photo’s .. Thank you again!!

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