Common Darter dragonfly at Martin Mere up close and personal by Shaun Whiteman

Common Darter dragonfly at Martin Mere up close and personal by 


Taken with a Canon 400D, Tamron 90mm prime lens, F11 shutter speed 1/30 second ISO400, edited in Photoshop

Length: 38-43mm

A summer and autumn species, this dragonfly can be found well into November and may be one of the last on the wing in the UK. The thorax in both sexes is brown above with poorly defined antehumeral stripes and yellow panels on the sides. The eyes are brown above and yellow below. The legs are black with a diagnostic yellow stripe along their length.
The males become a bright orange-red with maturity.

Females have a pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings along the segment boundaries and medial line as they age.

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Comments

  • eXposure
    eXposureover 6 years ago

    wonderful macro …

  • Nic Relton
    Nic Reltonover 6 years ago

    WOW! Excellent! What lens did you use???

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture, very similar to my “Smile for the camera”..

  • mikrin
    mikrinover 6 years ago

    Awesome macro!!!

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 6 years ago

    Fantastic picture!

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 6 years ago

    Thanks for your comments, I use a Tamron 90mm macro lens

  • Darren Post
    Darren Postover 6 years ago

    Superb macro Shaun, nice n close!   :-)

  • racemate
    racemateover 6 years ago

    fantastic shot. !!

  • Christophe Testi
    Christophe Testiover 5 years ago

    Stunning macro!

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    A great close up Shaun a brilliant capture!

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