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A female Blue Emperor Dragon Fly (Anax imperator), aka Emperor Dragon Fly, laying her eggs underwater. There is the tiny exoskeleton of a Damsel Fly in front of her on the weed stem.

The emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator) is Britain's largest dragonfly; they are a spectacular sight with their broad wings and powerful flight. After emerging, both sexes are pale green with brownish markings. The legs are brown, becoming yellowish towards the base; the wings have black veins, and take on a yellowish-brown tinge with age. Males develop a bright blue abdomen with a black 'fish-bone' line passing down the centre; the thorax and head are green and the prominent eyes are blue. Females have similar markings to males, but are mainly green in colour, becoming brownish on the last few segments of the abdomen. Both sexes possess appendages at the tip of the abdomen known as 'claspers', which are used in mating; in males these claspers are more robust than in females . The larvae or 'nymphs' are brownish in colour and have stocky bodies with rounded heads that feature very large eyes Description taken from www.arkive.org

Thank you all so much for your support of my last upload, with special thanks To Robert(cabbie), Phil (PhilT2), Ed(glostopcat) and Malcolm (M_squared) for their User Awards - really appreciated and highly valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2014 - 10:57 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Reflection in Symmetry
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:11 Aug 2014 - 3:51 PM
Tags:Anax imperator, Blue emperor dragon fly, Close-up / macro, Damsel fly, Eggs, Emperor dragon fly, Exoskeleton, Female, Insect, Laying, Reflection, Symmetry, Wildlife
Votes:37

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 6TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2014 - 4:12 PM

Very good shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2014 - 4:33 PM

Beautifully captured Sylvia - the reflection and exuvia being superb additions to your compositionů

Mike

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bobpaige1
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11 Aug 2014 - 4:53 PM

Very nice nature image,like the reflection.

Bob.

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ABPhotosUK
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11 Aug 2014 - 6:13 PM

Lovely composition Sylvia, fabulous colours and detail!! Andy

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tomcat
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11 Aug 2014 - 6:26 PM

I do like this Sylvia

Nature at her best, when we allow her to be

Adrian

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JohnoP
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11 Aug 2014 - 7:34 PM

Simply gorgeous work Sylvia showing nature at work...and a beautiful reflection! Smile John

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johnjo58
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11 Aug 2014 - 7:58 PM

Lovely photo Sylvia, great to get the reflection and little case

David

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Lillian
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11 Aug 2014 - 8:03 PM

Beautifully captured Sylvia

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Maiwand
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11 Aug 2014 - 8:42 PM

Fine shot Sylvia.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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SteveMackay
11 Aug 2014 - 9:59 PM

Fantastic image Sylvia!, great balanced comp and reflection, the textures in the water (behind and reflected) are just brilliant!......the little Exuvia (word of the day? Smile) is the icing on the cake, wonderful image!Smile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2014 - 10:38 PM

A fantastic image of this beautiful dragonfly Sylvia, that reflection is sublime

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2014 - 11:33 PM

Very interesting narrative to accompany this marvellous shot with it's almost perfect reflection.
R.

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stub197
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12 Aug 2014 - 1:11 AM

Beautifully Captured imageSmileSmileSmilepaul

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Ray42
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12 Aug 2014 - 11:56 AM

Well captured

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