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Old May 31, 2012, 2:19 AM   #1
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New shots flying insects in my project of a gallery devoted to these shots
Insects in flight Photo Gallery by carlogalliani at pbase.com

Some damselflies

Calopteryx splendens



Coenagrion puella





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Old May 31, 2012, 5:57 AM   #2
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beautiful shots! most people don't realize that most of what they think are dragon flies are in fact Damselflies, good job identifying them and capturing their in flight motion. The first is my favorite.
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Old May 31, 2012, 4:40 PM   #3
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Seeing how these guys fly around, I can't even imagine how you get shots like these!!
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 2:34 AM   #4
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thanks everyone for comments
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Old Jun 3, 2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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Carlo, while I have not commented on many of your photographs, I am a great admirer of them - and of you. IMO you are consistently the best photographer of creatures both large and small on these Forums. I also want to complement you on giving identifications of your subjects. While the scientific names you use may be "Greek" to most viewers (they are actually Latin, the classical international language), the common or vernacular names used in one national language would be equally unintelligible to those not literate in that language. The scientific names are more accurate and can be looked up by those desiring more information. While all photographers and viewers cannot be expected to know the names of every subject, many seem more interested in the (often excellent) images than in their subjects' names.

What prompted me to comment in this thread especially is #3, which is not windblown, but which clearly shows the position of the wings, each pair of which is independent of the other. Most insects beat their wings together, as if front and back pairs are joined together, which in a way they are - vertical and transverse muscle pairs flex the box of the thoracic exoskeleton as each alternately contract, raising and lowering the wings together as the thorax flexes with popping sounds (the buzzing that you hear from bees, flies and mosquitos). What is not known or appreciated by many is that dragonflies and their other "primitive" (= older) relatives have the muscled attached directly to the individual skeletal plates to which the wings are attached, allowing the pairs to operate independently of each other, so that they can - and do - raise one pair while the other is lowered. There can be a pause when the wings are held horizontal while the dragonflies briefly sail, so that is when most photographs catch the wings clearly. Numbers 3 (and to a lesser extent #1) shows the independent control clearly without blur at the ends of the wing strokes - a position seldom photographed so clearly. Well done.
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Absolutely fantastic shots. Good to see you have not lost your touch !!!
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Nice series. Love all of them!
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thanks everyone for last comments
thank you very much Penolta for your comment
and perfect explanation of the flight of dragonflies and independence of their wings
I love dragonflies and damselflies
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