50 Macrophotography / Microphotography of the Dragonfly ~ Macrophotographic Images of Dragonflies
Of all the insects, dragonflies have to be my personal favorite. So I am pleased to lead you on a journey through the macrophotography of dragonflies. Through the use of macrophotography, we will view dragonflies up close and personal, and observe details that we often do not get the chance to see in our everyday lives.
Macrophotography makes this possible by providing images that are larger than life. And being an image, we don't have to worry about the dragonfly soaring away. We will be able to view them at our leisure. And so our journey begins.
Though the use of macrophotography, we will be able to view their compound eyes, their intricately detailed and long, delicate, membranous wings, and body parts that appear to be armor-like.
We will be able to view the dragonfly like never before, seeing the hairs on its body and the segments of its legs.
We will see the dragonfly as it devours its prey and as it basks in the sun.
We will also have the privilege of seeing dragonflies that are many different colors from many different parts of the world.
To watch a 32 second Wildlife Theater video displaying various types of dragonflies, click here. This video shows many different dragonflies and some of their interesting head movements and mannerisms.
The dragonfly below is an example of one of the vibrantly colored species.
The dragonfly reminds me of a helicopter, and it is able to hover in mid-air just like a helicopter. It is a skilled aerial acrobat and is able to catch its prey (other insects) on the wing. Many different species of dragonflies exist, most being found near bodies of water.
The dragonfly has a three part body, just like all other insects: a head, a thorax and an abdomen. The abdomen of the dragonfly is extended and slender. The dragonfly also has two huge compound eyes, three pairs of legs and two pair of wings.
In the image of the dragonfly above, look at the interesting texture of the frons (nose and mouth parts). It has a very interesting dimpling.
As you view the images below, look closely at the delicate veining of their membranous wings, the facets of their compound eyes, their mouth parts, their segmented and barbed legs, their segmented bodies, and the hairs on various parts of their bodies.
The image below clearly shows the compound and colorful dragonfly's eyes. It is also easily to view the furred face and the barbed legs. By clicking on the image below, a much larger image will be displayed for a even better look at this dragonfly's characteristics.
In the photos grouped below, several of these dragonflies are consuming a catch. Also notice the various color patterns on these dragonflies.
The video below contains additional macrophotographic images of dragonflies. Some of those images are very stunning.
As a dragonfly completes its life cycle, it goes through an incomplete metamorphosis. When the egg that has been laid in the water hatches, the larva emerges and lives in the water. This larva is called a nymph.
As the nymph grows, it sheds its skin. This process happens many times and each time it emerges larger. When the nymph has reached full maturity, it crawls from the water breaking free from its shell to become a mature dragonfly.
The dragonfly existed as a nymph for 5-6 months followed by an existence as a mature dragonfly for a few weeks.
Below, you can watch a video as a dragonfly nymph crawls from the water followed by its transformation into a dragonfly.
Through the macrophotography of dragonflies, we have observed the dragonfly in all of its marvelous glory.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through the macrophotography of the dragonfly and will consider joining me once again in another macrophotographic journey:
- What is Macrophotography? 33 Macrophotographic Images
- Macrophotography of Flowers; 52 Macrophotographic Images of Flowers
- Macrophotography of Insects; 53 Macrophotographic Images of Insects Plus Video
- Macrophotography of Spiders; 34 Macrophotographic Images plus Videos of Spiders
- Macrophotography of Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars; 45 Macrophotographic Images
- Macrophotography of Flying Insects; 64 Macrophotographic Images of Flying Insects
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