E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Broad-bodied Chaser. Male.

Broad-bodied Chaser. Male.

Last week I visited the Hawthorns Wildlife Centre on Southampton Common.

I saw some rather amazing wildlife, such as this Broad Bodied Chaser, - Libellula depressa - The male has an very pale blue abdomen, in this case almost white, with a some yellow spots. The female is brown with yellow spots.

I also met a charming family who had just moved to the area from Essex. We chatted for quite some time. The young girls helped me spot the 'best' dragonflies to photograph and this is one they saw. It was resting on a dead stem on the other side of a small "Newt Pond".

Maybe they will visit my blog, I hope so, because this picture is for them. I hope they enjoy their new life in Southampton.

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The Biological Records Centre is carrying out a survey of this species. If you record a sighting could you drop into their website at :-
http://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/homepage.htm

To check identification you can look here
http://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/identification.htm
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If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
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Broad-bodied Chaser. Male.

Last week I visited the Hawthorns Wildlife Centre on Southampton Common.

I saw some rather amazing wildlife, such as this Broad Bodied Chaser, - Libellula depressa - The male has an very pale blue abdomen, in this case almost white, with a some yellow spots. The female is brown with yellow spots.

I also met a charming family who had just moved to the area from Essex. We chatted for quite some time. The young girls helped me spot the 'best' dragonflies to photograph and this is one they saw. It was resting on a dead stem on the other side of a small "Newt Pond".

Maybe they will visit my blog, I hope so, because this picture is for them. I hope they enjoy their new life in Southampton.

.....
The Biological Records Centre is carrying out a survey of this species. If you record a sighting could you drop into their website at :-
http://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/homepage.htm

To check identification you can look here
http://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/broad_bodied_chaser_survey/identification.htm
.....

If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
.

comments (30)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 29 May 2007, 00:15
Great shot Ellie. Aren't those wings amazing! Such delicacy.
  • alex
  • 29 May 2007, 00:19
this reminds me of a dragonfly that i drew/traced in great detail back in grade school. love the detail in their wings! this is a great close-up....did you say you got this from across a pond? that's quite a lens. smile
EJWilkins: It was the kit 40-150 mm lens, which on the Olympus gives a 35mm equivalent of 80-300mm, the dragonfly was perhaps about fifteen feet away. I took several, some were rather blurry and, of course, the insect didn't stay perfectly still!
Lovely shot El and I will be on the look out up here for them.
EJWilkins: You're sure to see some on your travels. The female has the look of a giant wasp! wink
  • Mary Macadnski on a sidetrip
  • 29 May 2007, 02:41
I am on a portable computer away from my reality. Lovely shot as it reminds me of home in the summer.
Love the detail here, especially the wings.
Nice macro Ellie... and bravo for it's not obvious to capture these insects... can't stop from flying !!! smile
EJWilkins: You're right, which was why the four pairs of eyes looking for them were such a lot of help smile
lovely macro Ellie, very nice.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 29 May 2007, 08:35
Oh wow, Ellie! This is a capture to make your new little friends quite proud. And us, too, of course.

I would like to know more about dragonflies and the interest they hold for so many people. I suspect they symbolize something I don't yet know about, since there are icons of it everywhere (at least in the States). I wonder if it's the double set of wings? These here are like stained-glass windows!
EJWilkins: I'm sure there are all sorts of legends about them, because of the way they seem to appear from nowhere in the spring. Their wings are rather amazing, I could imagine getting a huge picture and colouring in each little section a different colour wink
Wow!! Ellie, esta faceta tuya no la recordaba! Es un macro muy bueno. Precisamente este fin de semana vimos un "helic√≥ptero" de estos y se lo ense√Īamos a Raquel, no no hab√≠a visto ninguno. Le impresin√≥ ! smile

Wow! Ellie, this facet yours did not remember it! It is a very good macro. Indeed this weekend we saw a "helicopter" of these and we taught it to Raquel, had not seen no. Him impresinó! smile
EJWilkins: These are magical creature Jose, I'm sure Raquel will come to recognise them all by the time she is a teenager smile
√Čstas son criatura m√°gica Jose, yo son seguras que Raquel vendr√° reconocerlos todos para el momento en que ella sea un adolescente smile
Beautiful shot Ellie, it's not easy to capture these non-stop moving little things!! Regards-Laurence
  • Frank
  • 29 May 2007, 11:05
Very nice macro Ellie! Nice composition.
I love the details in the wings.
Lovely macro. The DOF is perfect
  • paul
  • 29 May 2007, 12:57
just WOW Ellie!
Great capture !!!
Wow! Those wings! Superb detail. Thank goodness for cameras - they give us the opportunity to share/see details we might otherwise miss.
EJWilkins: Absolutely right, it's amazing what we can see with the help of some pieces of glass smile
That must be the football player version of a dragonfly smile It is twice as wide as the ones we get here, and this is Texas!
EJWilkins: This one's certainly got a very chunky body, more like a rugby player wink You mean there's actually something bigger than you've got in Texas, I thought absolutely everything in Texas was bigger than anywhere else! wink
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 29 May 2007, 17:30
This looks very impressive. Is it as big as it seems? Great detail on the wings!
excellent macro...
Wow , great one Ellie, a masterpiece !!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 May 2007, 19:22
Compared to other dragonflies this one is like bomber compared to fighter planes. Great shot Ellie - hope the friends view it.
EJWilkins: Good metaphor Louis, the body of this one is so thick and chunky compared with most other dragonflies. It would be nice if they do get to see it, hope so. smile
Beautiful detail in the brown straw - I like the diagonal line and the DOF
Very good indeed. This is a top notch photo. All the best, Dave
Very well done Ellie smile
  • mike
  • 29 May 2007, 22:45
Superb detail smile
You are definitely getting the best from your new camera- superb shot, Ellie that probably couldn't be improved.
EJWilkins: Thanks for the compliment David, still a lot to learn though wink
  • Dotun
  • 29 May 2007, 23:08
A macro well done.
Very nice capture Ellie. Love the details on its wings.
Humm this one is not bad at all ! Congratulations Ellie !
  • Steve
  • 30 May 2007, 07:54
Superb shot Ellie. To paraphrase Jimbo at the top: these things are such a delicacy! This hits the spot for me - excellent sharpness in both the dragonfly and the stem, all the rest out of focus to the right extent, making the background the perfect foil for the subject.

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