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Three Aeshnas + some stuff

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by j.ankanpaa, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. 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:
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 400

    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:
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 400

    I also spotted a female A. subarctica (Bog Old Man´s Dragon) emerging, my first Aeshna emergence
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 200

    I really love how the exuvia looks like self illuminated
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 200

    Ready for the maiden flight
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/180s    ISO 200

    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)
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/640s    ISO 400

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    ISO 320

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/6.3    1/500s    ISO 400

    Sympetrum danaes (Dark Autumn Dragon) are always fun to watch. Despite being very small they can be very agressive.
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 400

    S. danae pair doing more S. danaes
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 400

    Another tiny species which can be found on bog ponds, a Leucorrhinia albifrons (Slender Pond Dragon)
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 400

    Some Onychogomphus forcipatuses (Tongs River Dragon), ofcourse... These´re males
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/350s    ISO 200

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 100

    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...
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/250s    ISO 200

    All shots taken with D200 + Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4

    Thanks for looking!!! :smile:
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 1, 2008
  2. Spectre


    Feb 20, 2008
    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.
  3. thomye


    Jan 7, 2008
    these pictures are SICK! mid-flight of the dfly is crazy.
  4. 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!)
  5. wow....
    what a great series
    that one IN FLIGHT.... YIKES !!!!
  6. Counter


    Sep 18, 2007
    Stunning series Jukka, especially the DIF's :eek: 
  7. Wow all amazing. I bought an insect guide so it is back to the bog for me. Very inspiring work!
  8. 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
  9. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    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.

    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:
  10. Great series! That last one is great, the damaged eye and thorax sure give him character.
  11. Thanks everyone!

    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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