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50 Macrophotography / Microphotography of the Dragonfly ~ Macrophotographic Images of Dragonflies

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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.

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Where wings and body meet! Click on the image to display a larger image.

Where wings and body meet! Click on the image to display a larger image.

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.

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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 pairs of wings.

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In the image of the dragonfly above, look at the interesting texture of the frons (nose and mouthparts). It has 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 mouthparts, 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 easy to view the furred face and the barbed legs. By clicking on the image below, a much larger image will be displayed for an even better look at this dragonfly's characteristics.

The beautiful wings of this dragonfly contrast well against its green backdrop.  Click on the image to display a larger image.

The beautiful wings of this dragonfly contrast well against its green backdrop. Click on the image to display a larger image.

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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 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:

© 2011 Cindy Murdoch

Comments: "50 Macrophotography / Microphotography of the Dragonfly ~ Macrophotographic Images of Dragonflies"

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 16, 2015:

Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 16, 2015:

Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 16, 2015:

Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 16, 2015:

Thanks so much Kenneth ... I am at a loss for words. You are so sweet.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 01, 2014:

homesteadbound,

I just LOVE hubs like this. I need to develop an interest in this.

As for your writing . . .I really love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

3. Graphics, superb.

4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

5. Proud fo Vote Up and all of the choices.

6. I loved your topic of this hub.

You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 26, 2013:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on September 07, 2013:

homesteadbound - I enjoyed looking at your macro photography - I too love to photograph insects and in particular dragonflies with my macro lens. Nice one - thanks for sharing.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 14, 2012:

tammyswallow - I agree with you - these creatures are really gorgeous. They are one of my favorite insects. I have a Koi pond i built in my back yard and we have lots of different ones flying around all the time. Thanks so much!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 13, 2012:

RealHousewife - I am super-pleased that you enjoyed these super-sized images. I have always been fascinated by macrophotography because you can see so much more because it's larger and because it's not moving! Thanks for stopping by!

Tammy from North Carolina on January 13, 2012:

Gorgeous hub! These are some beautiful creatures. Loved it~

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 13, 2012:

This was a fantabulous idea! Beautiful - I love dragonflies. I did enjoy getting to see their wings and the up close views:). You know, I also had to laugh because I noticed the beautiful scroll you used - and so I stopped and gazed at it too:) LOL. No I'm not a hub addict:) haha

I am super impressed - this was a lovely idea!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 07, 2011:

carriethomson - I agree! Some of the colors on these creatures was indeed amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour through the macrophotographic world of the dragonfly. Macrophotography is amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

carriethomson from United Kingdom on December 07, 2011:

Some of them have amazing colours!! loved the collection and voted up!

-carrie

f on December 06, 2011:

Sorry to hear that. I do think your local piercing/tattoo parlor or salon would be able to give you good advice and help with lotion or cream ideas, though. They are dealing with these issues the whole time with all the people that want to get pierced.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 06, 2011:

f - they get swollen and feverish even though healed years ago.

f on December 06, 2011:

YW. You must know, after all, how uncomfortable your piercings are, sometimes. Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 06, 2011:

f - Thank you!

f on December 06, 2011:

Oh, yes, what's best for you, always. Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 06, 2011:

Sueswan - I can understand your fear that was established at such a young age.

But they are really fascinating creatures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sueswan on December 06, 2011:

Hi homesteadbound

I like looking at Dragonflies from a distance.

I was about 8 years old when one landed on my shoulder while I was playing in the lake at my grandparents cottage.

I never saw a dragonfly up close before and I didn't know what had landed on me.

I froze because I thought I was going to be stung.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

Thank you, f! I appreciate it! I must do what is best for me and my situation! Thank you!

f on December 05, 2011:

I suppose I should stop commenting in this vein, really, but: you didn't realize that adjusting earrings for nice, pierced ears could be such fun, did you?

Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

f - they may do that!

f on December 05, 2011:

YW. Yes it is amazing! (And maybe your dragonfly pendant earrings will now remind you of just how amazing it is!)

Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

It really does sound amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

f on December 05, 2011:

Yes, well, Wittgenstein, who worked out the mathematics of helicopter power (size of rotor and amount of lift, weight of engine, amount of power, etc.) must have come to conclusions similar to the way a dragonfly works, I think!

It's amazing, really.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

f - I have thought that the thickest part of their body looks like a helicopter. Great observation!

f on December 05, 2011:

You know, looking closely at the dragonflies, their aerodynamics seem almost like a helicopter's! I reckon behind every invention there is actually a principle of nature behind it!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

Jamie - I can see that - that dragonflies look like horses, especially with their hairy looking muzzles.

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. I had a hard time stopping myself from adding more and more. Thanks for the votes and for stopping by!

f on December 05, 2011:

I always say for earrings/sets of ear piercings, go for it!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

f - I like them, and yes that is perhaps something that I should consider. Thanks.

Jamie Brock from Texas on December 05, 2011:

Wow Cindy!! I must say these photos are absolutely mind blowing.. who knew that dragon flies have fuzzy lips like horses do! LOL! That is what they reminded me of anyway. The photos are stunning..thank you so much for sharing these. Voted up, and all the way across. Loved this!

f on December 05, 2011:

They sound like they are really nice. There's something just gently elegant about the ones that dangle. (Anyway, just imagine, about the earring collection you've acquired after you went for ear piercing, which you wouldn't be able to wear any more if you let your holes close up!)

Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

f - yes I own a pair. They each dangle down with a leaf dangling behind them. They are very petite.

f on December 05, 2011:

Sorry, did you mean you own a pair? (maybe missed a word out.) If they are yours you are talking about, they sound like nice ones.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

f - I actually a pair of dragonfly earrings. They are swinging but are very small, the dragonfly being about 1/2 inch long.

Thanks for commenting.

f on December 05, 2011:

I think, anyway, that, for jewelry, the dragonfly shape lends itself more to brooches than to earrings — unless, that it, you like the really bold, swinging pendant earring look.

Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 05, 2011:

Movie Master - I'm glad to see that you enjoyed the hub. I checked both videos and did not have any problems. Not sure what the issue was with that.

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 05, 2011:

Dragonflies are absolutely beautiful creatures and macrophotography shows all that wonderful detail and colour, fabulous!

I couldn't get the video working, so I will come back to watch that.

A great hub, thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 03, 2011:

MartieCoetser - Thanks for dropping by to visit. I am very happy that you found these to be interesting.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 03, 2011:

This is amazing. Beautiful macro photo's of the dragonfly, awesome videos and information. Thanks!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 03, 2011:

f - both statements are true!

f on December 02, 2011:

YW. And you must know whether you 'need' to fill your holes, I'm sure.

What can be nice for some ppl is an earring and brooch set, with similar designs.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

f - I will take that as a compliment. Thank you.

f on December 02, 2011:

Hey, boring no! You and what you show of yourself in the Hubs are very, very interesting.

Just that for some ppl having studs embedded in the earlobes really is the default setting, I guess.

Anyway, dragonfly brooches look good, too.

Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

f - if we were all the same, it would definitely be boring. I guess you can say a wedding ring is not optional for me and as far as jewelry goes that is often the only jewelry I wear.

I do admire the beautiful jewelry, but that's about it. I guess I'm dull and boring in that respect.

f on December 02, 2011:

Okay, I see; now I'm understanding more your other comments about earrings, too.

There are some great jewelry creations around, anyway, based on insects such as dragonflies, beetles, etc. Some of these are quite ornate and thus thoroughly optional.

I guess for many ppl (though not all, of course) there are some items of jewelry, such as the wedding ring, and earlobe studs, etc. which have come to be regarded as just so indispensable that it would be unthinkable otherwise; but it's good that we are all different, isn't it?

Blessings.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

f - I have seen some dragonfly brooches but have not owned any. I am not into a lot of jewelry and If I do were it, I tend to wear the same things over and over. Generally pick it up at thrift stores or garage sales.

But I love the dragonfly and I thought the macrophotography I was able to find to go with this hub was really good.

thanks for stopping by!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

lzlpio90 - I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting. I am glad to bring you face to face with a dragonfly through the use of macrophotography.

f on December 02, 2011:

Voted up. Great hub.

Now dragonflies: their shape is a gift for fashion houses designing brooch jewelry!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

brittany - I thought so. I have a koi pond that I built in my back yard, so I see lots of dragonflies.

I that it was cool myself!

lzlpio90 on December 02, 2011:

Incredibly awesome!!! this is the first time i've got to look into dragonfly's close up features... very stunning especially their eyes...

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 02, 2011:

Wow! That is so cool!!!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on December 02, 2011:

brittanytodd - I'm glad then that I included that last video, although it was not macro based. Last year I rescued one that had fallen while hatching and I allowed it hang onto my hand for about half an hour while it finished the process. I have pictures of it happening somewhere. I was so cool.

I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for dropping by!

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on December 02, 2011:

Wow. That last video is amazing! I always wondered how dragonflies were born. This is crazy! Thanks for sharing another awesome hub! Voted up, etc.