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white-legged damselfly

white-legged damselfly
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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: 2009-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-17 13:27
Viewed: 4927
Points: 56
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Hello All
another shot from my galerie, and my 100th post on TN, i hope you will like it

i think it's a White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)

The White-legged Damselfly or Blue Featherleg, Platycnemis pennipes, is a damselfly of slow-flowing, muddy waters. It occurs from the Atlantic to Siberia and is often abundant throughout its range.


P. pennipes is about 32 millimetres (1.3 in) long. Mature adults differ from most other blue damselflies in having expanded white edges to the tibiae, paired black markings down most of the abdomen, broad pale brown double antehumeral stripes, wider head and a pale brown pterostigmata.

The male has a blue abdomen that is often pale and usually has a greenish thorax. The female is a very pale yellow-green colour with black markings.


This species favours unshaded slow-flowing sections of muddy rivers with abundant floating vegetation. it has been recorded in tidal rivers and the larvae seem well able to tolerate brackish water. It also occurs in muddy streams but is rare in lakes or ponds of any sort. In north-west Europe, it is mostly confined to flowing waters.

Mating is preceded by the male displaying his white legs in a fluttering display flight in front of females. Elongated eggs are laid whilst in tandem, into emergent stems and especially the underside of floating leaves. The larvae live amongst bottom debris and emerge after two years.


After emerging, adults tend to congregate in the shelter of tall vegetation, although some immatures wander away from water and have been found five kilometres away from the nearest breeding site.

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bonjour Jacqueline

une jolie photo en close-up de cette insecte,
excellent POV, très belle lumière,
excellent focus netteté et détails, TFS


Ciao Schnepp.
Ottima cattura di questa libellula che si riscalda al sole belli i colori e la composizione ottima la nitidezza ,molto bene.
Ciao Marco.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-17 13:35]

Hello Jacqueline,
Congratulations on your 100th posting. You celebrate this with a fine photo of a damselfly in very beautiful light and colours. Excellent DOF, sharpness, details and composition.
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-17 13:37]

Hello Jaqueline.
Congratulations on your 100th!Very nice damselfly shot. Classical good composition. Very good sharpness, details and colors.Looks very nice.Best regards Siggi

merhaba Jacqueline,
Congratulations on your first milestone on TN. I wish you many hundreds here.
this is very nice macro shot and from beautiful damselfly. It is also nice selection to celebrate 100th posting.
thanks for sharing.
iyi akşamlar.

Bonjour Jacqueline!
Congratulations on your 100th post! ... I see a slight overexposure here, but everything can not always be perfect!... Anm this image is very useful to show us the insect. The POV is very good and enables the fine structure of this damselfly. I like the composition and appreciate the full and educational note anexed.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-17 17:40]

Salut Jacqueline
Excellent closed up.Bon pdv et image bien en focus.Le detail est excellent et les couleurs sont naturel
Merci Michel

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-17 22:24]


A great macro showing good DOF, sharpness and detail of the subject. The composition and choice of subject are good.

Hallo Jacqueline
Congratulations with your 100th post on the site, and how fortunate I have been to be associated with you during this time. Sometimes we leave some of our best photos in the gallery to be used later, and that is what I believe you have done here because this is really a lovely macro. The light in the image is beautiful and highlights all the details of this damselfly to the best.

The details on the upper half of the body and in the facial area is super sharp, and is beautifully displayed against the green leaf as backdrop. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Jaqueline,

an very nice image from this Damselfly.
Good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hallo Jacqueline,
félicitations pour ta publication centième sur TN, une belle image avec une bonne netteté et des couleurs vives, agréable cadrage
Je te souhaite une bonne journée
Ciao Maurizio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-18 4:19]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Toutes mes félicitations d'être arrivée à ta centième pblication. Une petite demoiselle élégante, peut-être un peu surexposée, mais bien présentée sur le bord de la belle feuille dentelée. Une note, comme toujours très instructive.
Bonne journée

Ciao Jaqueline. Best compliments for your 100th! Good light and sharp. TFS.


hello Jacqueline
very nice composition with good details and nice colours
greeting lou

Hi Jacqueline,
very nice shot of this species. Great sharpness and amazing colours. Also nice peaceful background.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Jacqueline, elegant damselfly with wonderful natural colors, great macro with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-19 3:16]

Hello Jacqueline,
a lively damselfly shot in strong light. the details are very well seen and the features are sharp. i like the blue colour that stands out beautifully against the green background.
The eyes are really splendid.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-19 4:11]

Hi Jacqueline.
Your close-up is simply sweet by subject and by quality. Fine damselfly looks on beautiful leaf perfectly. Sunlight and vivid colours are very nice and pleasant for eyes. Details of the main objects and blurriness of the BG are also stunning. Thanks a lot and TFS.

Felicidades por tu fotografía nº 100 en Tn; esperamos por supuesto ver muchísimas más.
Técnicamente una buena disposición del insecto, aunque la luz sobrepasa ampliamente el
límite :-)

Un abrazo Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Jacqueline,
What a beautiful and interesting Damselfly. A damsel indeed with its beautiful blue colors looks like a real lady dressed up. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-21 2:09]

Hello Jacqueline,
A very fine sharp macro of a male pennipes.
The POV shows most of its features with fine sharpness and colours in a pleasing composition on a leaf against a fine clean natural BG.
This species was not as common as usual in S. Sweden last summer.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Congratulations for your 100th post. Although seems a bit overexposed, nice shot with many details, even on the leaf, while the background blur is absolutely beautiful. Composition's also OK but probably a vertical one would be even more effective. However, just a personal thought.
Tfs, friendly regards, László

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-26 3:02]

Salut Jacqueline,une nettete' super et une prise de vue de classe,quel focus et details et couleurs tres naturelles dans une lumiere difficile et tres forte! Excellent travail,mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano

Absolutely PERFECT!!!
Great notes too.
Excellent focus.
P.S. Am so happy Val is back. Will write to her tomorrow. Am tired today. Am getting too old too fast.

Hello Jacqueline,
Congratulations on your 100'th posting. Very good quality and detail. Well done.

beautiful colors, nice composition and good light management, congratulations for your 100th great photo...and keep photographing Jacqueline!
TFS Nasos

Hello Jacqueline
A beautiful dragonfly with original head and abdomen originally patterned. Nice green background.

Hi Jacqueline,
Well done on your 100th.A striking full image with good details and colouration.

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