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Common how dare you....

By NDODS    
Thank you all so very much for your most caring messages regarding my BIG 50, I had a wonderful relaxing day doing what I like doing the most being out with my camera capturing flora and forma. This image of a Female Common Dater is just one image which I captured yesterday, I hope to upload the rest over the next week or so.

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 with small black spots on S8 and S9.
Females have a pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings along the segment boundaries and medial line as they age.


Ponds and other still, stagnant or even brackish waters are used and they are frequently found at small garden ponds. They are frequently found away from water, resting on the tops of plants in woodland rides.

Regards Nathan

Tags: Wildlife Macro Close-up Meadow Wildlife and nature

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
17 Jul 2013 8:22AM
Stunning image and lots of really good information. Thank you.


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17 Jul 2013 8:23AM
You are still so young Nathan. Wink Tell those beasties to get flying to Portugal ok? I haven't even seen one yet, you seem to be keeping them all to yourself.

17 Jul 2013 8:27AM
Fine capture Nathan,
17 Jul 2013 8:27AM
A fantastic macro Nathan
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
17 Jul 2013 8:28AM
I never manage to see theses critters up this way, nor butterflies.......a total dearth of these wildlife species.
You had a great day out to celebrate your 50th: I can't even recall mineSadSadSad.
Like the way this specimen stands out so well from the b/g, Nathan.
17 Jul 2013 8:29AM
Wow! A stunning macro Nathan. Beautiful image and a belated happy birthday Grin

I just hate those birthdays with a zero on the end, glad you celebrated yours doing something you liked. This is a great image, look forward to seeing the rest.

17 Jul 2013 8:32AM
Wonderful picture - really clear.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
17 Jul 2013 8:38AM
Looks like an olympic athlete GrinGrin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
17 Jul 2013 8:39AM
One superb post birthday photo Nathan !! Belated birthday blessings to you !!!
wolf1 8 9 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 8:39AM
Great shot, and a lot of interesting info. Quick question i was watching them on our local pond at the weekend and they all had there tails in the water, do they drink through there tails?

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 8:42AM
Well captured Nathan, they never stay still enough for know
how hard these are to get this good
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 8:57AM
Excellent macro here Nathan.

17 Jul 2013 9:00AM
Glad you had a great 'milestone' day, Nathan!
This is a superb image - so well detailed!
An interesting and informative write up, too!

ColleenA Plus
5 357 6 Australia
17 Jul 2013 9:02AM
My best kind of birthday...relaxing out with the camera...exactly what I did...
A superb capture Nathan and great narrative as well
17 Jul 2013 9:30AM
Stunning macro, Nathan!Smile
Regards Valery
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 9:31AM
Glad you had a good birthday Nathan, Super image with a great write upSmile

17 Jul 2013 10:14AM
Perfect Nathan
17 Jul 2013 10:26AM
Amazing macro Nathan.
Bravdo 10 17 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 10:41AM
Good macro work,

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 10:49AM
Outstanding shot Nathan, superb detail and colours, fascinating write up too

17 Jul 2013 11:12AM
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 11:43AM
well taken shot Nathan with excellent detail.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
17 Jul 2013 11:47AM
Beautiful capture with lovely colours Nathan.
A belated happy birthday!
Amazing capture Nathan, these insects actually look a tad attractive up close dont you think GrinGrin

boov 5 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 12:05PM
Brilliant macro
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 12:07PM
Happy birthday for yesterday NathanGrinGrin
Lovely image!
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 12:45PM
stunning close up Nathan top top shot Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
17 Jul 2013 12:50PM
Good to hear your birthday went well, Nathan. This is an uncommonly handsome chappie Grin

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 1:07PM
Superb detailed capture.
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 1:32PM
Incredible macro Nathan - what a gorgeous chap as well. Stunning.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
17 Jul 2013 1:44PM
An excellent capture Nathan. Wonderful you spent your day doing what you like best......Sandy
17 Jul 2013 1:50PM
It's all been said for me Nathan, and the write up better be right or Ade will jump all over you GrinGrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
17 Jul 2013 1:55PM
Nice detail and colour in this fine image!!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Jul 2013 2:12PM
Fabulous capture, Nathan.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Jul 2013 2:30PM
A beautiful image, Nathan, and so glad to hear you had a good day yesterday SmileSmileSmile Carol
very well taken,really nice.

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
17 Jul 2013 3:46PM
Well fancy uploading next to me like this, puts mine to shame yer rotten beggar.....Sad It's good to be 50 Nath, as I only now know too well Wink

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 5:25PM
A fine detailed image Nathan.
senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
17 Jul 2013 6:19PM
great pose and detail ..
17 Jul 2013 7:11PM
Excellent Work Nathan, love the title Smile

John Smile
17 Jul 2013 7:28PM
Great detail and belated happy birthday! Grin

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
17 Jul 2013 7:39PM
Gosh Nathan I cannot wait until I'm 50 although I will have to start counting backwards. To put it into contest we have been married 50years this year.

That is a cracking macro image and done with that Tamron 90mm lens. They used to be all the range a while ago.It is so sharp and shows such lovely markings.
Franko59 6 3 2 England
17 Jul 2013 8:05PM
Another cracker Nathan!!,,, regards Ian
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 8:45PM
Superb shot Nathan and glad you got one to stay still for you.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 8:54PM
Difficult shot I know having tried - you have done well with this shot - glad you had a good birthday
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 9:53PM
Nice work.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 11:06PM
Great shot Nathan,

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 11:54PM
ANTEHUMERAL -Nathan you're making me work hard looking up all these words!
Astounding detail and wonderful colour.
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 6:54AM
A super pin sharp image Nathan.
Regards, Alf.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 7:48AM
Super detail!
xwang 8 56 8
18 Jul 2013 8:50AM
Beautifully taken, wonderful colour. Nice writing up.
"Common" reflects a lot culture elements. I'm Chinese, common is a sort of good word, people are happily to accept him or her self as one of the common people. British people emphasize individuality , nobody wants to be one of the 'common' .....Grin
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 8:48PM
A super detailed shot,
and belated Happy Birthday!
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18 Jul 2013 10:54PM
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2013 3:36PM
A real cracker Nathan, superbly sharp and detailed. Never heard of a common dater though, I guess they must be a subspecies of dragonfly that is only found in the county of Kent!WinkGrin

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