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Dragonflies and Damselflies

Wandering Percher Dragonfly

Posted by Darren on July 4, 2010

I think that one of the hardest insects to shoot thanks to their skittish nature would have to be the dragonfly.  I have been hoping for months to find some specimens for “Bugshots”, but trying to shoot them on a bright day is very difficult.  You will just get close enough only to have it take off just before you manage to focus.  I managed to spot this dragonfly in the afternoon perched on a small scrub, and only just spotted the insect with its excellent camouflage.  I was hoping that one of these late afternoon photo sessions would uncover a dragonfly and I would be able to get a lot closer in the fading light.

It was difficult to get a good front on shot of this Wandering Percher (Diplacodes bipunctata) as the stem was in the way, but I managed to get a few shots of its intricate details before it took off.  Hopefully as time goes on I’ll get a few more additions to Order Odonata as I improve my technique with photographing these beautiful insects.

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