Dragonfly Closeup

It’s a Bug’s Life

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Yes, this is a real dragonfly. It looks plastic though. And what is all that fuzzy white stuff around the neck.

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  • I was at a wedding this weekend, and I realized that I am a horrible photographer. I also realized that I’m a tad bit jealous of people who can take really nice photographs.

  • Don’t blame yourself if its at all possible to blame the subjects of your pictures. Perhaps they were just not very photogenic. In any case, a photograph is just a moment in time – and the biggest challenge is to capture a moment in time that is of interest to the viewer.

    Sure, composition is important too – for instance, in my pictures of sharks, I HATE the ones that have the rope/chum-line in the picture. Who wants to see such an ugly thing when looking at a shark? Yet, being surrounded by such beautiful animals gave plenty of opportunity for “better” pictures and some that came out quite nice!

  • Kym, maybe it is dragonfly dandruff?

  • Photos like this remind us how much beauty the world contains, Kym.

  • You know…..now I’m depressed. I was so excited by my handful of dragonfly pics, but they just suck compared to this. This is AWESOME!

    But to be fair you really need to tell us what lens you were shooting with.

  • Eel River Ernie

    Kym, great photos!!! I couldn’t find out what the fuzzy stuff is but I did find out that this is a Cordulegaster dorsalis (Pacific Spiketail)and if you really want to know more about them Google up “California Dragonflys,” very interesting.

  • “And what is all that fuzzy white stuff around the neck.”

    Setae.

  • “that fuzzy white stuff around the neck.”

    Setae.

  • What a beauty! Starched collar?

  • Olm – I had no idea what setae was – so those who may be as uneducated as I am, here is what Webster has to say:
    Seta Se”ta, n.; pl. Set[ae]. [L. seta, saeta, a bristle.]
    1. (Biol.) Any slender, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ
    or part; as the hairs of a caterpillar, the slender spines
    of a crustacean, the hairlike processes of a protozoan,
    the bristles or stiff hairs on the leaves of some plants,
    or the pedicel of the capsule of a moss.

  • He sorta resembles Jerry Seinfeld in Bee movie, don’t you think?

  • Ooops! Should’ve explained ‘setae’; thanks for the elucidation, Mjean.

    Setae are visible on the thorax of the dragonfly in Kym’s photo of June 27th, too.
    Both bugs have setae around the face, and the one from the 27th has some at the wing junctions, too.

    The neck’s actually an extension of the thorax; look closely, and you maybe able to see that the first pair of legs are set so far forward on the thorax, they’re actually connected to the ‘neck’!

    The ovipositor (egg-layer) is visible on the bug in the earlier photo: it’s a female.

    Great detail in your photos, Kym! Didja y’all notice the faint shadow of the wings on the rose?! Wow! It seems, the shadow on the petal in front is actually projecting through the thin petal! Fantastic!

  • Wow again. What fantastic photos.

  • wow, what a stunner. Love his blue eyes, great capture.

  • I think his eyes are actually the yellow spots closer to the front of his head but I’m no expert. And Forkboy I just realized that I never answered what lens I took this with–aNIkkor 18-55mm. I just have two, one for closeups, one for the rest. As you can see I’m not very scientific.

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