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Spread Wing

Spread Wing
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Copyright: kv vral (vral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D DSLR, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-29 2:28
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Hello Friends,
today presenting a known Damselfly belongs to a group called Spread Wings(FAMILY: LESTIDAE).

Spreadwings are small to medium sized damselflies with iridescent or non-iridescent markings on head, thorax and abdomen. Spreadwings rest with their wings wide open. The abdomen is long and slender. Spreadwings are found throughout the world and 159 species are known. Indian fauna is represented by 25 species of which 8 are recorded from peninsular India. Spreadwings breed
in a variety of aquatic habitats like marshes, ponds and rarely in running waters.

Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes elatus)

Male: Abdomen: 34-36mm, Hindwing: 23-24mm.
Female: Abdomen: 34mm, Hindwing: 24mm.

Description: A medium sized brown damselfly with narrow iridescent green thoracic stripes.

Eyes: Brown above, turquoise blue below.
Thorax: Dark brown above, fading to white below. Upper side marked with a pair of narrow iridescent green stripes.

Legs: Pale greenish brown.

Wings: Transparent.

Wing spot: Black.

Abdomen: Pale bluish green on sides. Upper side is iridescent green or bronze, changing to dull black on terminal segments.

Similar to male, but the ground colour is pale brown and markings are less iridescent.

Habits and Habitat: Common around tanks, ponds and streams. Usually sits with open wings among plants. Though a weak flier, it is very alert and difficult to approach.

Breeding: Breed in ponds, canals and tanks.

Flight season: Throughout the year, however very abundant during September- December months in grasslands.

Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka.

Ref: http://www.ias.ac.in/initiat/sci_ed/lifescape/odonates-damselflies.pdf

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Hello kv,
beautiful picture of Spreadwing! Very nice composition, sharpness and colours!

Best regards, Leonid

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-01-29 9:56]

Hello Vral,
you show a beautiful and sharp picture of this delicate Lestes specimen. The fine colour patterns of
head and thorax and also the green iridescence of the abdomen are nicely reproduced.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi KV,
A nice capture of this beautiful spreadwing damselfly. I think your previous shot also belongs to this family. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-30 0:41]

Vral, Good work and I like the POV and the DOF. The blurred wings give a very nice image. Ganesh

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