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Reflection in Symmetry

By teocali
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

Tags: Wildlife Reflection Female Insect Close-up and macro Symmetry Eggs Laying Damsel fly Anax imperator Emperor dragon fly Exoskeleton Blue emperor dragon fly

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TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2014 4:12PM
Very good shot, Sylvia.
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Greyheron 14 282 7 England
11 Aug 2014 4:33PM
Beautifully captured Sylvia - the reflection and exuvia being superb additions to your composition…

Mike
Very nice nature image,like the reflection.

Bob.
ABPhotosUK 3 20 1 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2014 6:13PM
Lovely composition Sylvia, fabulous colours and detail!! Andy
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2014 6:26PM
I do like this Sylvia

Nature at her best, when we allow her to be

Adrian
JohnoP 11 2
11 Aug 2014 7:34PM
Simply gorgeous work Sylvia showing nature at work...and a beautiful reflection! Smile John
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2014 7:58PM
Lovely photo Sylvia, great to get the reflection and little case

David
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2014 8:03PM
Beautifully captured Sylvia
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
11 Aug 2014 8:42PM
Fine shot Sylvia.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
11 Aug 2014 9:59PM
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
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
11 Aug 2014 10:38PM
A fantastic image of this beautiful dragonfly Sylvia, that reflection is sublime
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
11 Aug 2014 11:33PM
Very interesting narrative to accompany this marvellous shot with it's almost perfect reflection.
R.
12 Aug 2014 1:11AM
Beautifully Captured imageSmileSmileSmilepaul
Ray42 8 3 England
12 Aug 2014 11:56AM
Well captured

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