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Irish Damselfly

Irish Damselfly
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-28 7:54
Viewed: 2933
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Irish Damselfly or Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) is a damselfly found in northern Europe; outside northern Finland the species is rare. Its English name comes from the fact that it is found in Ireland but not in Britain.

This species is similar to the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), the Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) and the Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) with which it coexists. However, both the female and male are darker and shorter-bodied in comparison with other blue damselflies.

The species can be identified using the following features:

In males the back of the abdomen is mostly black, whilst segments 8 and 9 are all blue.
In males the underside is bright green especially on the head and thorax

The blue is of a darker shade than similar species
Females are dull green with black markings
In females the hind margin of the pronotum has a prominent raised point (see comparison of pronotums of blue damselflies)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-28 8:03]

Hallo Hans,
Erg goede foto in prachtige scherpte en mooie kleuren. Goed contrast tegen de vage achtergrond. Prima compositie.

mooie scherpe plaat hoor,

Ciao Hans, elegnt damselfly against a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, superb and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Razor sharp image with properly adjusted white balance, lovely DOF and viewing angle, Hans!The composition in my view can be slightly adjusted, by cropping a bit from the top of the image. But obviously that's a personal decision!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-28 8:32]

Hello Hans,
This is a and excellent macro of this unusual Coenagrion species. The POV, sharpness, colours, neutral BG and composition contribute to a fine portrait of C. lunulatum.
Thanks and best regards,

hallo Hans
Super shot ,deze is weer erg mooi en heel scherp genomen
super mooie kleuren en goed licht
groetjes lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-28 11:14]

Hi Hans...a very perfect pic whit a impressive sharpness and naturals colors...and i know how isn't easy to go close to this damselfies in this moment..they are very young and suspicious! Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-28 11:28]

Hello Hans
Another great macro capture.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Hans,
Amazing details and clarity. It is a wonderful capture with great
background. Exceptional POV and nice colours.

Ciao Hans. Ablolutely perfect! Magnificent work. Best compliments.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-04-28 13:31]

hi hans
très belle macro aux couleurs douces, le tout associé à une netteté impeccable.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-29 5:14]

Beautiful species captured well against good background. tfs.

Hallo Hans,

dit is een mooie scherpe foto van een juffer met mooie wazige achtergronnd, Mooie natuurlijke kleuren en goedvan detailering.


also this Hans,are really good capture from above of Coenagrion lunulatum with a perfect focus ciao sERGIO

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