Three Aeshnas + some stuff

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Hi!

Went to see the biggest Aeshna we have here, A. crenata. Saw many of them but was able to shoot only females as males were to buzy to think what´s best for me...

Female A. crenata, a bit difficult to translate its name (Isoukonkorento) as word Ukko means basically an old man but is also name of the highest god in Finnish mytology. So its name would be something like Big Old Man´s Dragon...Or a Big Ancient God´s Dragon :biggrin:
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Very agressive species towards other Aeshnas to the point of excluding them from the habitat... Same as Emperor... I think me and Torben should pick a date and net these two Dragons and put them in a same room and see which one is going to escape out of the window :biggrin:
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I also spotted a female A. subarctica (Bog Old Man´s Dragon) emerging, my first Aeshna emergence
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I really love how the exuvia looks like self illuminated
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Ready for the maiden flight
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As male Aeshnas weren´t in the mood of posing I tried some DIFs... nothing spetacular as they weren´t even mood for that and kept their distance... 3 x male A. juncea (Blue Old Man´s Dragon)
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Sympetrum danaes (Dark Autumn Dragon) are always fun to watch. Despite being very small they can be very agressive.
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S. danae pair doing more S. danaes
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Another tiny species which can be found on bog ponds, a Leucorrhinia albifrons (Slender Pond Dragon)
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Some Onychogomphus forcipatuses (Tongs River Dragon), ofcourse... These´re males
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And finally a Cordulegaster boltonii (Brook Dragon). This one has a serious eye damage but didn´t seem to affect his hunting. Below it you can see the head of a wasp he just ate... at original size it also looks like he has a hole on his thorax... Difficult to say what happened, maybe a bird or a stick etc poked those holes during emergence...
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All shots taken with D200 + Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4

Thanks for looking!!! :smile:
 
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Wow, Jukka
You had some great outings... or outing. Really nice dragons. The Aeshna emerging is very cool. I haven't seen any of anything emerge. Your DIF shots are wonderful as well.
 
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these pictures are SICK! mid-flight of the dfly is crazy.
 
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Beautiful shots Jukka - can't wait to get out this weekend with my D300 and my 300 F/4 and try shooting Dragons again (but I'll have to watch out for the rattlesnakes!)
 
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Stunning series Jukka, especially the DIF's :eek:
 
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DIF!! wow nice. Always amazing when you see those DIF were with 300mm lens. All beautiful. When you say biggest , like how big are these things? I think once they get to bird sized I would be shooting them from afar.
Last year a Cicada flew in my van and landed on my neck and I thoght I was gonna crash
 
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Hi Jukka. Excellent shots as usual. Aeshnas are some of my favorite dragons and although it is nice to see more and more of them, it is also a little sad as it means that the end of the season is approaching and my small fiery friends, the L. quad. and L. depressa are getting scarce.


I think me and Torben should pick a date and net these two Dragons and put them in a same room and see which one is going to escape out of the window :biggrin:

Like a Danish - Finnish national game. :biggrin: It would not be a pretty sight. :eek: I think you better keep the crenatas up in Finland. We don't even have a name for him. :biggrin:
 
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Thanks everyone!

DIF!! wow nice. Always amazing when you see those DIF were with 300mm lens. All beautiful. When you say biggest , like how big are these things? I think once they get to bird sized I would be shooting them from afar.
Last year a Cicada flew in my van and landed on my neck and I thoght I was gonna crash

I only found one measurement in the net and it was 3.4 in but I don´t actually know what that measurement means (body lenght most likely) so I´ll edit this as soon as I get home...
 

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