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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: 2010-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-09 3:35
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Points: 14
[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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Ciao Hans. Nice compo with soft tones and colours. Good details against the blurred BG.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-09 6:13]

Hello Hans
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Hans,

Geloof je gelijk met de soort, kan nog geen watersnuffel van een variabele onderscheiden.
Mooi pov, dof en detailering.
Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.


Hello Hans,
Exceptional details and colours. Very interesting photographer's note.
The composition is excellent with nice background.

Hi MF Hans,

Impeccable macro of this Irish damselfly from a great POV with great clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice week!


Another brilliant capture of the Crescent Bluet, Hans.
pleasantly fresh colors a bit overexposed in some places, but still well preserved detail, lovely moderate sharpness and great composition. Good job again!
George Veltchev

Ciao Hans, delicate composition with elegant damselfly against a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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