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Hi guys and gals, managed an hour or so out inbetween showers at the local park and came across this little... Well that's just it, this little what. At first I was a little bit, shall we say, jumpy, as I wasn't sure if it would fly off (you know the wing thing). Then I couldn't decide if it actually had any wings, finally I couldn't decide if it was just a shell and something had emerged from it before i turned up. Either way it was massive and I didn't manage to buck up enough courage up to get really close. Hope someone out there can help me identify it i'm intrigued.

Hope you are all having a good weekend, trust it to rain after an unbareable week at work in the baking heat. Still at least it is a little cooler, might actually manage to sleep Smile))

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tamron 55 200 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:What am I?
Username:moocow moocow
Uploaded:4 Jul 2009 - 7:53 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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kenp
kenp  896 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Jul 2009 - 7:56 PM

It's the case from which a dragon fly has emerged!....pity you didn't come across it a little earlier and seen it extricate itself,it's well worth watching!......

Last Modified By kenp at 4 Jul 2009 - 7:58 PM

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ink_weaver
4 Jul 2009 - 7:57 PM

Could be a dragonfly before its fully transformed. Not sure really though.

Sharon

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motorsportpictures

WOW.
Scott

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 8:07 PM

Well detailed capture don't no whether it's a dead case or alive one.

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SoulOfNature
4 Jul 2009 - 8:28 PM

A great capture,brilliant detail.

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lawbert
lawbert  71701 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 8:41 PM

Great capture of the case of the Dragonfly Nymph..Whilst its a Nymph it lives underwater for 2-3 years before emerging to the surface and wrestles itself from its case and becomes a dragonfly...I cant tell you which one this turned into but Dragons really are some impressive insects close up and even though your scared of wings they wont hurt you..They hunt insects and other Dragons and Damselflys in the air....Take a deep breath and watch them one day!!
All the Best
Paul

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Admiral_Frost

Nice find well taken.
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Zonda
Zonda  5303 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 9:06 PM

This is a guess...Southern Hawker....only an expert can tell you for sure. Nice one.

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moocow
moocow  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 9:26 PM

Thank you, I knew you'd all be able to help me out, especially Paul (Lawbert), thanks for all the information, the world of insects is fascinating. I'm sure in time I will get over my wing phobia I am a lot better than I was Smile

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vandalp
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4 Jul 2009 - 9:57 PM

Great capture.
Vanda

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
4 Jul 2009 - 10:10 PM

Great close up detail capture, love the detail and the colours.
Jeff

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wideangler
4 Jul 2009 - 10:24 PM

Great picture - especially when terrified!!

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 11:09 PM

Super close up

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 11:55 PM

Superb image wow amazing lighting and a very good find and at least we know what it is now very well done
Alexa

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13321 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 8:10 AM

Great close up,
Alan

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roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 5:11 PM

Fantastic detail, a fascinating capture.
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tomcat e2 Member 85908 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 12:14 PM

there or not it is still a fine detailed image

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m3lem  8 England
10 Jul 2009 - 9:17 PM

A superb shot, lovely detail captured Liz, hope you manage to sleep
Andrea x

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2009 - 9:27 PM

A super capture.
John.

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Zydeco_Joe
10 Jul 2009 - 9:39 PM

It might be empty but its full of quality.
Zydeco Joe

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2009 - 10:41 PM

A cracking shot Liz, even if it is an empty shell. Smile
Pete.

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GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2009 - 12:42 AM

Well spotted and captured Liz

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