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Erland R.N.
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Post by Erland R.N. »

Spiketails dragonflies (Cordulagaster) are very large and live in streaming water. In May I had my first sighting of a Spiketail ever, a Pacific Spiketail in California. A female flew between my legs, to the bank of the small creek, and with the body in a vertical position, continously spiked its ovipositor down in the water laying eggs.

Now in Scandinavia we only have one species, Cordulegaster boltoni. I went to Sweden with a couple of friends for some Odonata photographing, and was pleased to find this species at a small creek.
There were 5-8 males flying around us, not taking any notice of us at all, just perching regulary for some photos :D

A male Cordulegaster Boltoni (Spiketail), 7th July 2006
5D, Sigma 180 f/3.5, monopod, uncropped, iso200, f/9, 1/200s

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Post by beetleman »

Very nice photo of a beautiful dragonfly...good job :wink:
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Mike B in OKlahoma
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Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »

This is a lovely dragonfly. The body isn't as stout as some, almost has damselfly-ish qualities.

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Post by Ken Ramos »

That is pretty! Amazing how many colours these things come in. Beautiful shot. :D

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Post by salden »

Beautiful specimen. Excellent details.
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