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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-08 12:56
Viewed: 4270
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello All

i dedicate this shot to Sergio (flashpoint), i like all his dragonfies and damselflies, he is a very good friend and a very good photographer
i hope you like it sergio !

this is an image from my archives, i have not new shots for different reason,
- the weather is bad with all days, grey sky and rain
- i have not many time to go out while i am going 2 or 3 times to my sick mother, some days i am working and also, my son have buy a old house and i help him to renove it, so all my days are very busy

i have a few postable shots in my archives but i must find the ID before

I think this damselfly is a Calopteryx splendens female

uk : Banded Demoiselle
fr : Calopteryx éclatant
de : Gebänderte prachtlibelle
it : Calotterige splendido
es : Caballito del Diablo
nl : Weidebeekjuffer

Banded Demoiselle
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is an Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and north-western China.


This is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 mm and a hindwing length of up to 36 mm.
The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown.
The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip, and a metallic green body.

Eggs and larvae

Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in a wide variety of emergent or floating plants, sometimes even submerging to do so.
The eggs hatch after 14 days. The larvae have very long legs and are stick-shaped. They develop over two years, usually. They tolerate muddy water and overwinter buried in mud. When they are ready to moult into an adult, they climb up a suitable reed or plant and shed their skin.


Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found in lush bankside plants and on floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found among mature, slow-flowing streams and rivers and sometimes canals.

Natural habitat areas

The Demoiselle is found in Taganay and Zyuratkul National Parks of Russia, being listed under protection in the Red Book of Chelyabinsk Oblast.

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hello Jacqueline
this is an excellent macro shot, all in my eyes looks great, splendid colors and details in this beautiful composition and fine dedication!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-08 13:12]

Olá Jacqueline,
Today we are neighbors. Very nice capture of this beauty damselfly. You realy give a nice gift to our friend Sergio. Amazing composition and light conditions as the POV.
Best wishes and TFS. See you on TN,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-08 13:14]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
Beautiful composition damselfly macro ...
Green funds, green damselfly ... sharp detail and color are very nice.
Have a good night

Hello Jacqueline! Amazing macro, perfect exposure, nice light and bright, very nice colours, good contrast and sharp. Very good note. Well done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-08 13:44]

Hi Jaqueline,
Excellent close up of this damselfly.Details are crisp clear and pin sharp.I liked pOV,colors and framing a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

ciao Jacqueline!
a beautiful female Calopteryx splendens ....
a dedication that I appreciate very much from a friend ,who day after day,makes his constant attention to the pictures that i posted,with your kind and competent notes

amitié et merci sERGIO

Hi MF Jacqueline,

Inspiring capture of this Splendid damselfly perched on a leaf in its typical posture. The details and focus look incredible.
TFS and have anice night MF!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-08 14:16]

Hola Jacqueline
Hermosa macro e iluminación.
finos detalles y encuadre.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-08 14:26]

Merhaba Jacqueline,
harika bir makro fotoğraf olmuş.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-08 14:37]

Hello Jacqueline.

A very nice shot of this beautiful damselfly.
Sharpness is very good as your POV is.
Colors are great.
Thanks also for your contribution to Sergio. He derserves it very well because of his great contribution of making pictures of dragon- and damselflys.

Gr. Hans

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-08 14:41]

Slav Jacqûelîne,
Excellent close up of this damselfly in nice pose with great sharpness,colors and perfect details.TFS and have a nice night.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-08 14:42]
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Aaah...il faut attendre beaucoup toutes les fois,mais quand elle arrive la surprise est toujours grandieuse! Mais quelle belle femme de Calopteryx cette fois! Je suis enthusiaste pas la parfaite capture du vert metallique de cette amie de nos etees,excellente nettete' et magnifique contraste avec le noir derrier! C'est moi a donner toi la bonne nuit en avant aujourd'hui....et mes compliments aussi! Luciano

bonjour Jacqueline

une excellente photo en close-up de cette insecte,
prise par un excellent POV, superbe focus netteté et détails,



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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-08 16:26]

Hi Jacqueline

A well deserved dedication to our friend Sergio. I whish you strength and I hope your
mom recovers soon. I love this metallic damselfly. It gave you a lovely pose sitting in
its characteristic resting posture Your image show nice and sharp detail and the lovely
colours are pleasing on the eyes. The DOF worked well to isolate the insect and the
leaf it is sitting on.

Well done and TFS.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-12-08 19:03]

Hi Jacqueline,
Interesting notes and a very good close up of this damselfly.Sharp image with intense details, well done.Best wishes to your Mom.

Hello Jacqueline,

An excellent macro with beautiful natural colors, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very well taken, composed & presented.
TFS & merci beaucoup.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-09 0:45]

Hello Jacqueline,
the colours are amazing, so bright and sharp, details excellent, composition also excellent. Very good work and a fine capture.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jaqueline
super picture with veru good lightand good sharpness
very good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Jacqueline, excellent shot of this green damselfly with great details and fine composition.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Jacqueline,
très belle dédicace à Sergio; très jolie photo en macro de cette élégante demoiselle, bonne netteté, les couleurs sont très belles et naturelles, excellentes point de vue et composition
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-09 4:54]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Une libellule de grande beauté et une image très plaisante et bien présentée. J'apprécie surtout le "ton sur ton" de cette image. Belle pose aussi du Calopteryx sur la feuille qui par sa largeur confère à l'ensemble une bonne profondeur de champ.
Bien vu!
Belle journée

Ciao Jaqueline. Magici riflessi metallici e ottimo dettaglio in una gradevole posa diagonale. Giusto omaggio all'amico Sergio.


Hi Jacqueline,

Marvelous macro capture from lovely damselfly with perfect textures and impressive details! The colors of the damselfly are very well shown and perfectly natural. The sharpness and POV are great.

best regards,

Hi Jacqueline
What superb color...Very well captured...TFS

Ciao Jacqueline, elegant damselfly with fantastic metallic colors, superb sharpness and fine details, wonderful dedication to dear friend Sergio, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-09 10:42]

Hello Jacqueline,
The clarity in this photo is superb. Splendid colours, excellent sharp details, a very good composition, beautiful contrasting BG and a perfect POV. A beauty!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-09 11:28]

Wonderful capture this lovely Banded Demoiselle!
Great details and colors.

Hello Jacqueline!
Maybe this species is not very rare in TN gallery, but I like a lot your photo. It has natural light and colours, good composition, and presents female in very typical pose for this species. Also note is very good, informative and educative.
Greetings from Lodz,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-09 12:43]
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Hello Jacqueline,
Impressive close-up shot of a damselfly with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-09 14:09]

Bonsoir Jaqueline,
Excellent capture. Beautiful composition, un rêve macro.
Une belle soirée,

Hello Jacqueline,

an very good dedication to our friend sergio.
You have here an very nice close up from this Damselfly with good pov and dof with fine colours.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-10 0:54]

Hello Jacqueline,
A lovely capture of this lady damselfly in a beautiful composition! Excellent focus and fine sharp details. Wonderful light and colours too that really stand out against the dark background. Very well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jacqueline,

woh! ... a beautiful damselflie, crisp, beautifully photographed, excellent gift for Sergio! beautiful work!

NOTE: I am very busy with my work, I could not visit as often as usual TN. I hope to have more time in a couple of weeks.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-10 6:23]

Hello Jacqueline,
A superb macro of a female C. splendens. The POV, colours, lighting, sharpness,Bg and composition all contribute to an image of high quality and a fine tribute to our friend Sergio.
Thanks and best wishes and hope that your mother gets better soon.


Wonderful damselflies!
Great details and colors.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-10 22:52]

Bonjour Jacqueline!

Félicitations pour cette belle image. Tu as bien choisi le sujet pour la dédier à Sergio. En plus, la qualité de l'image est excellente et l'insecte est de toute beauté.



Hello Jacqueline,

This is a fine macro capture, and a nice memory of summer!
Pin sharp details in the insect, and the accurate DoF creates this 3D feeling...
Good colour reproduction, and I like the composition with the tilted insect..!

Pablo -

Magnífico trabajo Jacqueline,
mucho realismo, excelentes colores y un buen fondo... eso de entrada. Muy conseguida la profundidad a pesar del gran acercamiento.
Abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Dear Jaqueline
Thanks for your frequent visits to my gallery, it is much appreciated.
I wish we had some of these beauties here, but I have only seen dragonflies. The details captured here is great, especially where the wings joins the thorax, the big black eye and the fine spikes on the paws. The typical pose you have captured it in, is like always eye-catching and beautiful to look at. The emerald colour of the body, turning to gold at the rear end is portrayed so beautifully and the texture and colour of the leave it is resting on ads to the beauty of the just mentioned colours. It was indeed a pleasure stopping by this lovely image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Ps. Please send my regards to Valerie as I do miss her presence on the site.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-11 20:00]
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Hello Jacqueline,
An exceptional image of this beautiful greenish dragonfly. The detail is super fine and the colors are awesome. Love the composition and wonderful exposure achieved in this fantastic shot. TFS.

Hi Jacqueline,
such a touching, moody portrait of this Demoiselle! The sophisticated use of half-shadow, the darkish background help to enhance the effect. All is perfect here, I like the picture a lot. TFS!
My best regards
to you

Hi Jacqueline.
An excellent POV of this damselfly, very good composed with nice colors.
TFS and Kind regards,

This really is a beautiful dragonfly presented. Very sharp and beautiful.
Best wishes,

Hello Jacqueline
what a nice shot of beautiful Banded Demoiselle with sharp focus, great exposure and POV. coloration and composition also very nice. it is also nice dedication to our friend Sergio who he lastly uploaded same species's close-up. nice meeting.
thanks for sharing, have a good night

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-12-14 18:04]

Bonjour Jacqueline, un beau bijou que cette demoiselle! J'aime la belle couleur émeraude, chatoyant dans la lumière. L'arrière-plan foncé renforce l'effet du vert dans ta photo, c'est très beau. Merci a toi également pour la longue et interessante note! Bonne nuit!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-15 7:22]

Salut Jacqueline
Désolé j'avais manqué cette jolie macro.Tres bon PDV et image parfaitement en focus.Les détails sont excellent.J'aime bien également les couleurs .
Merci Michel

Absolutely lovely.
Very detailed.
Great dedication to a devoted photographer.
Greetings from the COLD.
P.S. I too have been very busy with my Mother-in-law, now being in the Hospice... she may have just a few days left to be with us. Am going to miss her a lot.

Bonsoir Jacqueline.

Excellente macro photographie de cette belle Demoiselle. Belles couleurs, belle mise en page, bonne netteté et contrastes. Juste un peu dommage que le fond très sombre ait un peu "mangé" les détails des antennes de cette Demoiselle. Mais, c'est le genre d'insecte qu'il faut arriver à capturer en pleine activité, et vous y êtes parfaitement parvenue.

Merci pour ce partage, accompagné d'une note très instructive.

A bientôt.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-06 4:10]

Hi Jacqueline,
lovely damselfly on this green leaf.
Very sharp and very well detailed.
Ecellent use of light and good composition indeed.


Bonjour Jacqueline,

I just critiqued dragonfly shots from Maurizio (maurydv) and Jesús (jlinaresp), so I'm on the line now... :) This pic is very nice also, like the images of the above mentioned gentlemen. Great composition with nice diagonal line, wonderful lights, excellent sharpness on the wings. Maybe the head became a little out of focus, but everything else is superb. Above all, a beautiful dedication top our Friend Sergio.
Tfs, friendly regards, László

PS: just saw I give the 100th points to this nice photo. :)

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