The art of disguise - South Africa

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JoanYoung
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The art of disguise - South Africa

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Many insects are so well disguised that a person can walk right passed them without knowing they are there.

This pintailed dragonfly knows just where to land so that predators cannot see him. His colours blend in perfectly with the rocks.

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Post by Ken Ramos »

The contrasting is very good in these, as are the details and sharpness of the images. A very good example of how some insects can blend in to their environment to escape predators or to be one. Some really nice and interesting shots here Joan. :smt023

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Post by Erland R.N. »

Great photos you managed. All pictures I've seen of this species has been similar, perched on rocks. It's a male Don-Dwala, Bradinopyga cornuta. Ive never seen so fine pictures of this species :smt023

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Thank you for the wonderful comment Erland. I appreciate you giving me the name as I could not find it in my book. :)
I consider myself very lucky to get these as they are my first decent dragonfly pictures.
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Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »

That is impressive camoflage, and well photographed here! Good job.
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Post by JoanYoung »

Thanks for your kind words Mike. :)
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Post by beetleman »

An excellent pair of photos Joan. The second one is very sharp with great detail. Great looking patterns on that fellow. Good eyes for spotting him (Erland did say a male :wink: )
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Post by JoanYoung »

Thanks for the kind words Doug. :)
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Post by nephiliim »

Wonderfull shot there Joan. The crop shows what to me looks like a few "empty" squares in the lower wings near the abdomen... is it true that my eyes don't deceive me? LOL

Really awesome images
Sometimes smaller is better eh? nodge nodge :lol

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Post by JoanYoung »

Thanks for the lovely comment nephiliim. I went and looked at an enlargemnt of the picture, but there are no empty spaces that I can see. :)
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Post by cactuspic »

Well done Joan. You capture the insect in its disguise very well

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I appreciate the nice comment Irwin.
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