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One in a million Sympetrum fonscolombii, copulation, mating wheel. Last year I had a chance to capture this frame amidst several hundreds that were flying that day, one day in the migration of Sympetrum fonscolombii, the Nomad dragonfly. Sympetrum fonscolombii,animalia,anisoptera,arthropoda,biodiversity,insecta,libellulidae,nomad,odonata,red-veined darter,reproduction Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

One in a million

Sympetrum fonscolombii, copulation, mating wheel. Last year I had a chance to capture this frame amidst several hundreds that were flying that day, one day in the migration of Sympetrum fonscolombii, the Nomad dragonfly.

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  1. This one really is a work of art that has to be appreciated full screen. The focus, the composition, the soft background, the pastel like tones, absolutely amazing! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thank you so much for your appreciation and feedback, Ferdy! They are most welcome!* They were by the hundreds, but very hard to capture. I guess I was quite fortunate to capture this one, and in this environmental conditions. Cheers* Posted 2 years ago
  2. Absolutely stunning shot! It looks like dragonfly Cirque de Soleil! They don't usually remain connected in this wheel formation for longer than a minute. But, some species may stay in formation longer while the male uses a special spoon-like structure to scoop out any sperm that other males may have already deposited in the female thus ensuring his dominance. Posted 8 days ago
    1. Yes, indeed.
      Thanks so much for your appreciation, Christine.
      Cheers*
      Posted 7 days ago
      1. You're welcome :) Posted 5 days ago

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The red-veined darter or nomad is a dragonfly of the genus ''Sympetrum''. It is a common species in southern Europe and from the 1990s onwards has increasingly been found in northwest Europe, including Britain and Ireland. Its name is sometimes spelt ''fonscolombei'' instead of ''fonscolombii'' but Askew gives the latter as the correct spelling. There is genetic and behavioural evidence that ''S. fonscolombii'' is not closely related to the other members of the ''Sympetrum'' genus and will at some.. more

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Uploaded Dec 6, 2015. Captured Sep 25, 2014 15:01.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/8.0
  • 1/320s
  • ISO400
  • 80mm