Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dragonflies - Capung

A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.


I managed to photograph some species of dragonflies in the backyard, and other places.

Camera phone photos of dragonflies

Diplacodes trivialis (male) – Chalky Percher (right)
Diplacodes trivialis (female) - Chalky Percher (left)


Orthetrum sabina – Green Skimmer


Potamarcha congener – Yellow-tailed Ashy Skimmer. (male-right; female-left)


Neurothemis terminata - Straight-edged Red Parasol. (male-right; female-left)


Photos of  Dragonflies were taken using a camera phone Sony Ericsson K800i.

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Anonymous said...

The details are spectacular! Great photograph.

Jason Ralls said...

Wonderful shots. I would love to see some shots of nymphs in action, they are some fierce aquatic hunters.

Wayne Rasku said...

Great shots. I just got a Canon Rebel T3i and I hope to get macro shots as good as these. We get dragonflies of all colors, but they have not showed up yet this season.

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Vega said...

Good collection of different colors of dragonflies. Its really a nice example of photography. Thank for sharing this all pics.
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I remember my childhood days when I call a dragonfly as a helicopter and I enjoyed those days when I am catching dragonflies. Anyway, thank you for sharing the photos to us.

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