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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-21 2:37
Viewed: 3949
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
E. naias.

Red-eyed Damselfly.

Adults. Adult body about 32–35–38 mm long. Average wingspan 43 mm (male), or 46 mm (female).

The eyes lateral and widely separated; red (in the male), or brown to red (in the female).

Legs black and yellow, or black and brown (the undersides of femora and coxae yellowish brown). Thoracic antehumeral stripes present (these short and anterior, in the female), or absent (the thorax entirely black, in the male); red to brown (reddish brownish). The wings held vertically in repose; similar in shape and venation; petiolate; unpatterned and clear. The inner wing venation blackish. Discoidal cell a simple quadrilateral, not longitudinally divided (trapezoid, without transverse veinlets). The wings exhibiting 4–5 psqs cells between the quadrilateral cell and the subnodus. Antenodal veins in the forewings 2. Pterostigma present; elongated but only about about twice as long as wide; light brown. The hindwings with two rows of cells distal to the pterostigma between the costa and the radial vein.

Abdomen linear from a conspicuously swollen base; 25–30 mm long; predominantly dull black (and pruinosed blueish grey, in the male), or green to bronze, or black (greenish bronzy-black in the female); predominantly transversely banded (segments 1, 9 and 10 blue in the male only, the female with thin blue bands between segments 8 and 9, and 9 and 10; and both sexes with thin yellow bands between the other segments); without mid-dorsal spots. The male abdomen without auricles on segment 2; with paired inferior anal appendages. Abdominal segment 8 of the female without a ventral apical spine.

Nymphs. The nymphs elongate and slender-bodied, gradually tapering posteriorly; when mature, 29–32 mm long.

The antennae with the scape considerably shorter than the other segments taken together; with the first flagellar segment longer than the pedicel. The mask narrowed gradually to the hinge; without a median cleft. The prementum bearing 6–8 major setae (3+3, 4+4, to 3+5). The body of the labial palps bearing 6–7 major setae. The outer margins of the labial palps without spines. Distal margins of the labial palps crenate and coarsely toothed. The moveable hooks of the labial palps without setae. The apical combs of the tibiae mainly of trifurcated setae.

you can find the whole interesting note.
I made the crop here large for the details of the damselfly between the fanstastic yellow flower. I hope you like the shot too. Thank you Paul for the right identity.
gr. Jaap

Phoki, PDP, Janice, red45, christophe, dew77, marhowie, Comandante, AndyB, Luc, jhm, TAZ has marked this note useful
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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-07-21 2:41]
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This is a great pic. Could you be more specific on details about the settins and lense used???

Belle photo, j'aime beaucoup le fond jaune de la fleur en arri่re de la libellule.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-21 3:56]

Superb macro Jaap of the damselfly and flower. It is nice and clear with excellent exposure, colour and details. Fantastic composition, everything perfectly done, thank you.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-21 4:13]

Very good work Jaap! I like this not often seen composition with cut off insect and very good details. Yellow flower is suitable for it. DOF and sharpness also great.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-21 4:39]
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Hi Jaap, nice close up. Maybe it could do with a little sharpening.

I think the most likely ID is of an immature male Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas the thorax patterns and markings on abdominal segment one are quite distinctive and the eyes are beginning to take on the red colouration.

Well done on the composition.

Hi Jaap
Great shot and composition, details
For the contrast problem, you OE or perharps a wrong white balance
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-21 5:43]

Hello Jaap!
Wonderful capture.It's very close and well detailed.POV,lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-21 6:30]

Hello Jaap,

Een zeer goede close-up. Prachtige kleuren en goede POV. Sterke compositie. Kortom; een ptachtplaat! Well done & TFS!


Helo Jaap!
Fantastic close-up! I really like it.

Hello Jaap! I like the contrast as you say that comes from this dark subject on the light flower..Well composed crop with good details, colors and light. Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-21 9:36]

Jaap, this is a wonderful shot.

Excellent sharpness, composition, pov and colors.

Razorsharp details and perfect dof.


Hello Jaap!
Wonderful close up again.Razor sharp details,contrast,POV and composition are perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-21 13:42]

Hi Jaap,
very good macro. I like the colours and sharpness. Interesting informations in note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-21 17:04]

A nice capture Jaap,
Very good composition,sharp details and excellent contrasting colours.
Great work,well done.


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-21 17:32]

Excellent shot and well done on the composition. Very fine hairs on the "Buttercup?"


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-22 0:46]

Hello Jaap!
Personal assessment of the photo: very good. I think some sharpen should make it better.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.

Nice one jaap, I like close up on those damselfly, always impressive. I appreciate here the mix of colors between it's body and the yellow of the flower, which we also find on the damselfly's body ! Good job



Nice and sharp capture of this little critter. Good colours and DOF. I can't help with the exact ID, I don't know this species very well, I've only seen one mature male once around here.

I LOVE this! Like you said, strong contrast! Amazing how you can get that close. Excellent composition, concentrating on the head.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-07-24 6:44]

Goedenmiddag Jaap,
Ik ben er even tussenuit geweest, de foto schitterend de kop fantastisch, mooi afgewerk, een streling voor het oog.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-24 11:40]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this superb damselfly ! Its body is yellow like the flower... Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Jaap.

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