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Blue tailed damsefly

Blue tailed damsefly
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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: 2010-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-06 9:45
Viewed: 3175
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans, is an European damselfly.

Adult male Blue-tailed Damselflies have a head and thorax patterned with blue and black. They have a largely black abdomen with very narrow pale markings where each segment joins the next. Segment eight, however, is entirely pale blue.

Female Blue-tailed Damselflies come in a variety of colour forms, including a pink form, a violet form and a pale green form. Purple/violet, pink and green forms are juvenile, with the colour darkening as the damselfly ages. Mature female damselflies are usually brown/green, or blue which is an andromorph form.

Mating wheel of Ischnura elegans - At the top the maleDamselfly nymphs are aquatic, and prey on small aquatic insects or other aquatic larvae. The adult damselflies prey on small flying insects, caught using their legs like a basket to scoop the prey up while flying, or insects taken from leaves.

At rest, the wings of most damselfly species are held back together, unlike dragonflies, which rest with their wings out flat.

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Hi Hans,
I love these moments - they are beautiful and give us hope that we will see them again next summer ;-)
I were so happy, I had such a wheel also in my garden today. A wheel of vuurjuffer (Pyrrhosoma nymphula). Realy beautiful. But I had no chance to make a shot.
So thanks for yours, very pretty, good sharpness, brilliant colours.
Bye, have a good start into the new week
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hallo Hans
super ,altijd weer leuk om deze tegen te komen
goed van kleur en goed van scherpte
groetjes lou

I always struggle to capture moments like this one with my short macro lens, Hans and you have managed to execute this shot remarkable well! Really great colors and impeccable fine detail without pushing the sharpness to undesirable high levels! Well done !
George Veltchev

Hello Hans,
Nice capture with excellent details and amazing sharpness.
Lovely composition and nice POV, BG and focus.

Ciao Hans, wonderful maiting couple of beautiful damselflies, excellent sharpness, lovely details, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-06 13:10]

Hallo Hans,
Prachtige foto van deze libellen. Schitterend licht, heldere kleuren en enorm scherp. Ook een erg mooie diagonale compositie en vage achtergrond.

Hi MF Hans,

You've took a fantastic macro capture of a love wheel of BTD pair from a fine POV with great details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice week MF!


Excellent angle for capturing this 'romantic' moment.
Focus and DoF were perfect.


Hallo Hans,

een mooie opname van deze wiel.
Goede scherpte en compositi met wazige achtergrond.
mooie zachte kleuren.


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