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A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body.

Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies are also the fastest flying insect.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic.

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 tears apart 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 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. The adult stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as five months.(wiki)

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  • MICKSPIXPHOTOS
    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 5 years ago
    Absolutely amazing capture, Marleia, which, as we all know, is nothing unusual for you. Very well done.
  • Thank you so much :)) Hope you had a great holiday weekend :))

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  • atomikboy
    atomikboyover 5 years ago

    Awesome!!!…

  • Thank you very much :-))))

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  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    wow absolutely amazing capture!!!! well done!!

  • Hello :) Thank you so much :))

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  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    long time no see my dear! Love your work :)

  • Thank you again :)) I am back .. Yea!! I did landscapes and stuff like that for the winter but it is macro time again woowho!! Glad to see you have been busy too!! Any shows scheduled yet?

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  • Pauline Tims
    Pauline Timsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful captures which lens and camera did you use for these Please?

  • Hi Pauline :) This was the Olympus E510 and Sigma 105mm
    I am waiting on extension tubes for my Nikon :) Thank you :)

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  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    still working on the shows, its a toss up between the shoots and the shows lol. i’m being super picky and really researching all possible galleries :) I can’t wait to time to do some macros and bugs and stuff :) missed ya my dear :)

  • Me too!! I am glad to be back :))))

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  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookieover 5 years ago

    it is nice to be back even if its only part time for me right now lol.

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 5 years ago

    Unbelievable awesome macro, great informational series, you did so much great work on this one Kudos.

  • Hello :)) Thank you so very much!!

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  • John Hooton
    John Hootonover 5 years ago

    A wonderful and informative series but from you I wouldn’t expect anything less! :-))

  • Hi John :) Thank you so much!! I am really glad you enjoyed it .. What an amazing world we live in!! :-)

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  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 5 years ago

    OMG….Fantastic macro shot.

  • Thank you John :)

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