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Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue 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: 2010-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-08 7:23
Viewed: 3014
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) is a European damselfly.

The species can reach a length of 32 to 35 mm. It is common in all of Europe, except for Iceland.

The Common Blue Damselfly can be easily mistaken for the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), but on the back and the thorax, the Common Blue Damselfly has more blue than black; for the Azure Damselfly it is the other way around.

Another difference can be observed when inspecting the side of the thorax. The Common Blue Damselfly has only one small black stripe there, while all other blue damselflies have two.

During mating, the male clasps the female by her neck while she bends her body around to his reproductive organs this is called a mating wheel. The pair flies together over the water and eggs are laid within a suitable plant, just below the surface.

The eggs hatch and the larvae, called nymphs, live in the water and feed on small aquatic animals. Nymphs climb out of the water up a suitable stem to moult into damselflies.

This small, brightly coloured damselfly is probably the most common of dragonflies and damselflies throughout much of Britain. It inhabits a wide range of habitats, from small ponds to rivers. They are especially common at lakes and reservoirs.

This damselfly requires a close look for a beginner to distinguish them from an Azure Damselfly. Typically, they fly low through the reeds and often fly well out over the water, unlike Azure Damselflies. They are also a brighter blue than Azures. They can be easy to get close to, but to tell them apart from an Azure Damselfly it is good to know what to look for.

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hallo Hans
super mooi is deze weer
zo mooi scherp en goede achtergrond met veel kleuren en leuk op het plantje
groetjes lou

Hello Hans,
a superb macro shot of the Common Blue Damselfly, ourtstanding sharpness and very beautiful colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-05-08 9:01]

Fascinating macro shot fill with gentle colors, Hans. Well done, fine image of this tiny Damselfly! Good viewing angle and great dept of field. Very appropriate aperture settings. Most of the lenses perform very well around this value! Sorry, Hans I used all those green little smiles for today, but from me you have a big smile for that shot!
George Veltchev

Hello Hans,
Great capture with superb details and amazing colours.
Very fine composition with excellent background.

This one is perfect, Hans, slipped outside not very long ago, the wings are glittering.
I love the angle, the same level to that delicate damsel. Good BG, nothing is disturbing, also excellent sharpness.
Thanks, good shot, I hope to see some damsels soon also here in my area, but it is raining all the time ...
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Hans. Perefct sharp, stunning details and bright natural colours. very well done.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-08 12:53]

Hello Hans.
Excellent shot of this Blue Damselfly,Great detail, BG and colors. Superb shot my friend.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Hans,

dit is al weer een mooie foto van een jufffer alhoewel juffers van 1000 weken ook mooi kunnen zijn (grapje). Good van scherpte en mooie egale achtergrond.
Ik heb wel een boek maar dan nog zo moeilijk te determinenren.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.

gr Gert

  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-08 14:36]

Very nice macro capture of this damselfyl with excellent sharpness and fine colors.TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-08 22:31]

Hello Hans
Excellent details, natural colors and clear BG. Perfect!

Hi MF Hans,

Nice to see yu again here after a bit-long break.
This one is an amazing macro capture of this pretty blue d-fly. I liked your lateral POV here. The exposure, focus, clarity and compoosition ara al flawless!
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-09 5:42]

Excellent composition for this beautiful damselfly, simple background and suitable perch. tfs.

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