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Metamorphosis II by nele102 Metamorphosis II by nele102
The Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) is the biggest dragonfly species in Europe. Here you can see its final moult.
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Superpouf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
this is truly magical!! Well done shot!! very awesome moment here. B-)
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aperfectissue Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Hobbyist
fucking little aliens :)
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zienda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
I would have named it "Acrobat" instead.
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ferro001 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Not only the largest, but proportionately the fastest animal on earth.....They only fly at about 25mph, but they are moving at their body length multiplied by 100 equals inches per second. That means a 4 inch dragonfly is flying at 400 inches per second!!! The peregrine falcon would have to dive at 1500 feet per second to match the dragonfly's feat!!!
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ecogal Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
OMG... awsome
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jackkoho Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
thats awesome!
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Ashligh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What good timing!
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krtoon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Disgustingly amazing macro shot... :D
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Iuno-cung Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
that is so beautiful, i love it
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Artist
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:
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AndrePais Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
A great work! Amazing shot! its fantastic... :D
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TorutheAngel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
At the risk of sounding redundant with what everyone else said, that's a beautiful shot, and I really would like to know how you got it. Was it just dumb luck, did you raise the thing, or did you know where it planted itself a while back?
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nele102 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Hi,

it's ok for me, if you'd like to get some more information. :)
The day before I took this pic I found several exuviae of this species near/in a small pond. A friend of mine said that this species is known to go through its final moult (from imago to adult) through the night. So I went to this place in the evening and searched for larvae hanging already on a branch. Luckily I found two. To make sure not to tread down other animals near the larva I chose to make a pic of, I carefully broke the branch off and put it into the ground some meters away. Afterwards I made several pics (round about 100), because it was already dark (exposure time was very long) and a bit windy. As mentioned before only 2 or 3 pictures were ok.
Additionally I used a small reflector to lighten up the head a bit.

Greetings
Nele
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Bullter Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Excellent shot !
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armene Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
this beautiful deviation is featured here [link]
if you don't want it to be there, please let me know :)
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nele102 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Of course it's ok for me. Thanks a lot!

Greetings Nele
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FLuKee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Gorgeous shot, it's a great thing to see!
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KeswickPinhead Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008   General Artist
Love the green. Like a precious gem.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant find - what time of day was this?
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nele102 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Hi and thanks, :)

it was 10.20 p.m., windy, dark and the dragonfly was moving all the time. 2, 3 pics out of at least 100 were sharp. ;)

Greetings
Nele
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nakitez Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
I like your early morning-late evening shots by natural light. I'll try it soon. :) This is a great one.
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MartinAmm Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
einfach klasse. leider habe ich bisher von ihr immer nur die leere exuvie gefunden, vor der man richtig angst bekommen kann wenn man nicht weiß was es ist. echt riesig.

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LG
Martin
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boron Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot. Beautifully done.
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duggiehoo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Incredible action!
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
an amazing shot, How on earth did you catch that happening?
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