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    Female is less swollen..

    Found this endangered species in deep forest here. I'm pleased to share with ALL. Your c&c would be helpful and appreciated.

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    Family:
    Libellulidae (Skimmers & relatives)

    Species:
    Risiophlebia dohrni (Kruger, 1902)

    Common Name:
    Potbellied Elf

    Location:
    Nee Soon Swamp Forest

    This small dragonfly (Body length 24-25 mm) is very rare and localised. Confined to Nee Soon Swamp Forest, it can be found in shaded pools with sluggish or still water. In the Singapore Red Date Book, it is listed as endangered.

    The thorax and abdomen are dark metallic with yellow markings. The eyes are reddish brown on top, pale yellowish white with pale dark areas below. Abdominal segments 1-3 are distinctively greatly swollen while the rest are thin and curved when viewed from the side.

    Males and females are similar but the abdominal base of the female is less swollen.

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    Re: Female is less swollen..

    Great shots and really interesting, Walad. Well done and thanks for sharing these.

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    Re: Female is less swollen..

    What I like about this forum is that you learn more than just about photography. Nice shots Walad. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Female is less swollen..

    Good photography supported by good research and knowledge of the subject.

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    Re: Female is less swollen..

    Hi Walad,

    I'm just learning about British species of dragon/damsel flies from a book - if you know a bit about them, can you confirm my observation (on your second shot) that is the female clinging to the leaf please?

    I really haven't understood how the mating bit works

    In fact now I think some more - surely it must be the male on the leaf?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Female is less swollen..

    Nice images. I noticed the body and head are sharp but the wings are soft, something you might try is to use f16. When I capture dragonflies and damselflies it is what I need to get both the body and wings showing sharp detail.

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    Re: Female is less swollen..

    Quote Originally Posted by kdoc856 View Post
    Great shots and really interesting, Walad. Well done and thanks for sharing these.
    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for viewing. Glad you like it.
    Last edited by Walj; 16th August 2013 at 08:37 AM.

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