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Downy emerald

Downy emerald
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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: 2010-05-09
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): Dragonflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-10 10:46
Viewed: 3144
Points: 18
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I could make a large amount of pictures of very young Downy emeralds.
I have chosen for this one because it seems that the dragonfly says goodby to its vesuvium.
I hope you like this one as much as i do.

The downy emerald (Cordulia aenea) is a species of dragonfly. It is metallic green and bronze in color, and its thorax is coated with fine hairs, hence its name. Like most other emeralds, the downy emerald has bright shiny green eyes. Adults are around 5 cm in length, and are in flight from May through July each year.

This species lives in woodlands near lakes and ponds; like other dragonflies, it lays eggs in water and its larvae are aquatic. It is distributed throughout most of Europe. Although it has been eliminated from some of its historic native area in Great Britain due to habitat loss, dense populations of the downy emerald can still be found there in spots where its ideal habitat remains.

After the downy emerald young emerge from their eggs, they live for three years at various larval and nymphal stages. They are fully grown adults for only two months, during which time they mate and the females deposit their eggs back into the water.

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hallo Hans
deze is Kers Vers
super mooi genomen en natuurlijk super scherp en goed van kleur
groetjes lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-10 10:53]

Hi Hans
What a great capture this dragonfly and his victim!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hello Hans,
Excellent capture with superb details and focus.
Wonderful colours and very nice composition.

Hi MF Hans,

Great close-up, quite an eye-catching photo due to the reflections on the wings of this freshly emerged Downy emerald with its vesuvium. It is not easy to catch both in the same tame indeed. The clarity looks great, so that we can see the veins within the wings. Good text-book composition too.
Well done MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hoi Hans,

mooie foto, mooi moment, ik ben al tijden op zoek, maar het is me nog niet gelukt


ciao Hans!
perfect macro of very young Downy emerald
and its exuviae
thanks for posting sERGIO

Ciao Hans. This is a greta macro shot. One of the best recently seen. Impressive DOF and razor details. Intrigant metallico colours and amazing BG too. Very well done.


Ciao Hans, fantastic macro with dragonfly and its victim, wonderful metallic colors, good DOF, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

HI lucky Hans,
wow, this moment is special and you watched a fantastic "coming-out", the dragon is so fresh and the wings are glittering, I love it.
Excellent sharpness, thanks for sharing it with us. Greetings from the girl who haven't seen a single dragon/damsel yet here in Germany :-(
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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