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Time of love - Platycnemis pennipes

Time of love - Platycnemis pennipes
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.4
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-01 10:30
Viewed: 2529
Points: 36
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In the workshop the top moment!

Class: Insecta

Order: Odonata

Suborder: Zygoptera

Family: Platycnemididae

Genus: Platycnemis

Species: P. pennipes

The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a damselfly of slow-flowing, muddy waters. It is much more restricted in range than the Banded Demoiselle which it invariably accompanies.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 antehumeral stripes 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.
Mating is preceded by the male displaying his white legs. 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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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-01 10:48]

Hi Luciano. You have a good close up of the damselflies together one i have not seen so thanks for posting. good clear detail and natural colours. with good use of the light on the wings. well done TFs. Good notes too.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-01 11:23]

Hi Luciano,
Very nice contrast. Vivid colours, fine details and a nice composition.
Best regards

Gran delicadeza Luciano y una bella composición. Creo que sobra algo de luz en algunos puntos de la toma. Buen fondo y oportunas ramas en el primer plano.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-01 11:46]

Hello Luciano,

Impresive way of rendering the structure of wings. I like the way you have shown the transparency of the wings. Nice sarp image of the damselfly body with beautifull colors.

Thank you for sharing,

The pair of photos go together well..doing one in workshop was a good notion Luciano. The particular act as this must be very hard to image...or perhaps they are not as flighty when they are doing something. I am still learning a certain amount of patience from images such as this.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-01 13:37]

Hello Luciano,
A fine capture of a pair of Featherlegs in cop. with nice sharpness, BG and composition. Good POV too. Just a little OE, but a fine image.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao my Italiano,
Excellent composition of the Damselflies in the time of love!
good lighting with great details and colour
well done

Caro Luciano,
all'alba del sabato mattina apro il pc e vedo questa foto... sei un grande!!!
Bisognerebbe mettere su una mostra itinerante a tema "Time of love - un amore micro"... I tuoi capolavori e quelli di Silvio (che anche lui ha tanti scatti amorosi). Secondo me avrebbe una buona riuscita.

There is so much symmetry in the love-making of these creatures, Luciano.
There are portions of over-exposure on the abdomens, but who am I to criticize after my latest posting? :)
Anyway, there are more merits to this capture than shortfalls, so I rate this as a very good shot, overall. Okay?

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-08-02 1:19]

salut Luciano,
belle image de cet accouplement, il est toujours difficile d'approcher et d'obtenir un plan net complet. Jolies couleurs et composition bien vue. Je pense qu'une petite touche de réduction bruit sur le BG apporterait un plus et que le gommage de l'épine permettrait de ne pas cassé la bonne courbe de la branche.
godd w.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-02 2:15]

Hello Luciano, What a scene. How you all managed to spot this. I am yet to shoot one mating scene of this damselflies. Excellent view and great focus and clarity. TFS Ganesh

Hola Luciano,
Excelente y oportuna captura de estos fenómenos artístas del vuelo, buena definición y detalle en una bonita composición, que tengas un buen fin de semana, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Luciano. Another excellent delivery from your lovers' series. Super sharp damsels in beautiful moments. Well framed and exposed. Best regards. Jusni

Eh Luciano, questa sera TN lo dovrebbero vietare ai minori, non faccio altro che passare da una coppia in amore all'altra, bellissime queste damigelle che si stan dando da fare alla grande, splendida macro, bravo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano,
un altro accoppiamento, sicuramente più plastico e con degli effetti grafici piacevoli, bella la composizione con questo posatoio a semiarco, buona nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori.
Buona domenica.

Hi dear Luciano ,
Nice shot at interesting moment.
Well captured.

Kind regards

Salut Luciano,
Bonne composition avec un bon contraste sur la photo. Sujet toujours intéressent, même pour des insectes! lol
Félicitation et à la prochaine

hello Lucianno

ay ay ay your the best paparazzi photographer of TN,
what an amazing shot of these lovers, superb focus on them,
very fine POV and DOF, great light, excellent sharpness and details,



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