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Dragonfly Defensive Posture by segraser Dragonfly Defensive Posture by segraser
from Vietnam - The way this dragonfly is holding himself is called obelisking. The primary purpose of it is to prevent overheating. It can also be a defensive posture that males use to when defending their territory.

Thanks to Duggiehoo for helping with this information!
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Fatoshie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Photographer
My dragonfly and yours must be realted.. lol
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segraser Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Definitely... maybe even the same species.

But, I doubt they knew each other :-)
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Graratiam Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Mmmm! it looks... yummy?! LOL
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segraser Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Certainly more yummy than that fly guy! :laughing:
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Woodwolves Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
This dragonfly has such beautiful purple hues.
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segraser Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
When I first saw it, I was in awe!!

I just posted a butterfly picture that looks just like the one in your Avatar - [link] :)
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Woodwolves Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Boiduval's Blue and Fender's Blue, my the discoverers like seeing their names attached to a species.
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duggiehoo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
In addition to your comment, the primary reason for obelisking (this obelisk posture) is to prevent overheating. Both males and females do it.
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segraser Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the info. Have I been improperly informed? Is it a defensive posture at all?
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duggiehoo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
It can be....
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Canon
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
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F/16.0
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180 mm
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400
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Apr 30, 2006, 10:31:17 AM
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