Scarlet Darters

By: Arjen Drost

Jun 28 2009

Category: Dragonflies, the Netherlands

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Focal Length:420mm
Shutter:1/200 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 40D


A female Scarlet Darter seen from the front


Last year I’d seen Scarlet Darters on a small grass field in the city of Groningen. Now I’ve moved, this field is at walking distance from my new home. A few weeks ago I had a look if they had returned already, but that search was in vein. This week I got a message that they were back, so I got my camera and had a look. Indeed, several males and females were seen again, however it was close to impossible to get good shots as there was too much wind. Today the wind had died down a little, so I went for another try.
The bright red coloured males we flying continuously and extremely shy, but the females were often a lot easier to approach. After a few side views (see below) I decided to try some different poses, like the one above.
I’m sure I’ll have another look at them to see if I can make some nice shots of the red males as well, but for now I’m pleased with these results.


Scarlet Darter - Vuurlibel - Crocothemis erythraea

A lateral view from a female Scarlet Darter



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