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A Festival of Dragons These dragons are warming up in the first rays of the sun as it comes into the valley. They spent the night hanging from the paddy field produce, amongst a few thousand long jawed spiders and argiope spiders, various mantids.<br />
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I am so lucky, across the road from my house, there is a 25m square patch of undeveloped land, over which a swarm of flavescens entertain me all day long, and I don&#039;t need to leave my chair :)<br />
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Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/38587/pantala_flavescens_the_globe_skimmer.html" title="Pantala flavescens &ndash; the Globe Skimmer"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2784/38587_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=85APXRBYYyQ2YYtex1UoXJtouig%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Pantala flavescens &ndash; the Globe Skimmer latitude or any country were the mean temperature is 20&deg;C or better. Countries were the temperature drops too low in winter, the dragon will migrate.<br />
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The reason for this dragon&rsquo;s huge success, is that it is better at flying than all the other dragons, and spends most of its day on the wing. Its flight equipment looks no different to other dragons. I will deal with my theories on flavescens flight abilities in another post.<br />
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This dragon appears to fly purely for the joy it brings, and is usually spotted in large clouds of dragons, aimlessly flying around effortlessly.<br />
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Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.<br />
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A Festival of Dragons

These dragons are warming up in the first rays of the sun as it comes into the valley. They spent the night hanging from the paddy field produce, amongst a few thousand long jawed spiders and argiope spiders, various mantids.

I am so lucky, across the road from my house, there is a 25m square patch of undeveloped land, over which a swarm of flavescens entertain me all day long, and I don't need to leave my chair :)

Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.

Pantala flavescens – the Globe Skimmer latitude or any country were the mean temperature is 20°C or better. Countries were the temperature drops too low in winter, the dragon will migrate.<br />
<br />
The reason for this dragon’s huge success, is that it is better at flying than all the other dragons, and spends most of its day on the wing. Its flight equipment looks no different to other dragons. I will deal with my theories on flavescens flight abilities in another post.<br />
<br />
This dragon appears to fly purely for the joy it brings, and is usually spotted in large clouds of dragons, aimlessly flying around effortlessly.<br />
<br />
Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/38586/pantala_flavescens_0663.html<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/38589/pantala_flavescens_1882.html<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/38588/pantala_flavescens_2126.html<br />
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    comments (5)

  1. Isn't it wonderful how little one needs for macro joy? Posted 3 years ago
    1. I am spoilt here in Indonesia, even at this altitude of 1000m. I can go out for a two hour bug safari and have as many as 20 photographic subjects. Back in the UK, if I got 4 or 5 I would feel like it was a good day.

      Often I would turn down some of the daily available subjects; like flavescens, sabina, ramburii, fluctuans, and servilia dragons. Pilipes, long jaws, argiope aemula, catenulata, modesta, versicolor, oxyopes and laglaisei spiders. I would try to find something new and different. BUT, instead of having 100+ shots in the can, I would often end up with nothing, and this can be very disappointing and even depressing.

      If you shoot the same location daily, which you must do if you are to learn about your subjects, you have to accept that after 3 years, new subjects are not so common. Even so, I can expect one or two per week plus a few more rarities.

      As I go through my folders, sometimes I am disappointed, thinking that I had a lot more to choose from. But if you shoot everything in sight, it could take several hours editing down and processing. It would be easy to fill a full time job with 3 hours collecting, 3 hours processing and then all the research and cataloguing. And, if you get behind, it can be a nightmare!

      DAve
      Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
      1. Quite jealous of that. Over here, there's only about 4 months per year of insect activity, and of course diversity is low. To illustrate, it is bloody May and last week it was snowing here. Posted 3 years ago
        1. Yes, a full 12 months of activity to be had here, including butterflies. The wet season can be treacherous and does slow down the tempo, but still plenty to work with.

          Dave
          Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
  2. Huge! Just great insight! Cheers* Posted 3 years ago

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''Pantala flavescens'', the Globe Skimmer or Wandering Glider, is a wide-ranging dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. This species and ''Pantala hymenaea,'' the "Spot-winged Glider", are the only members of the genus ''Pantala'' from the subfamily Pantalinae. It was first described by Fabricius in 1798. It is considered to be the most widespread dragonfly on the planet.

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Uploaded May 6, 2016. Captured Nov 16, 2012 07:05.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/8.0
  • 10/4000s
  • ISO400
  • 105mm