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White legged damselfly

White legged 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: 2009-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-23 6:46
Viewed: 2796
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a damselfly of slow-flowing, muddy waters.

Mature adults differ from most other blue damselflies in having expanded white edges to the tibiae, paired black markings down most of the abdomen, broad pale brown double antehumeral stripes, wider head and a pale brown pterostigmata.

The male has a blue abdomen that is often pale and usually has a greenish thorax.

The female is a very pale yellow-green colour with black markings.

This species favours unshaded slow-flowing sections of muddy rivers with abundant floating vegetation. it has been recorded in tidal rivers and the larvae seem well able to tolerate brackish water. It also occurs in muddy streams but is rare in lakes or ponds of any sort. Mating is preceded by the male displaying his white legs. Elongated eggs are laid whilst in tandem, into emergent stems and especially the underside of floating leaves. The larvae live amongst bottom debris and emerge after two years.

After emerging, adults tend to congregate in the shelter of tall vegetation, although some immatures wander away from water and have been found five kilometres away from the nearest breeding site.

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nice closeup, TFS Ori

hallo Hans
een super macro shot
super scherp en mooi licht waar de kleuren mooi in uit komen
groetjes lou

Hello Hans
it's a great capture of this beautiful damselfly.
Colours are well saturated and nicely composed with a very good POV, fine details and optimal focusing.
Great light management.
Best wishes

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-23 9:50]

Hello Hans
Amazing portrait with very sharp details and vivid colors. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

super closely,Hans
impressive even this second post of damselfly,
superb detail definition
explains in a fascinating beauty of these little odonata

best wishes for a happy Christmas to you and family

Hello Hans, great close-up of a damselfly.
Have a happy Cristmas and New Year!
TFS and regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-23 12:30]

Hi Hana. This is a first class close up of the head area of this blue Damselfly. Taken with first class detail and bright colours. I can see every little hair on its legs. Well taken TFs.

A happy Christmas and New Year.

Hello Hans,
Great macro with amazing sharpness and lovely colours.
Superb details.


Another superb portrait capture of a beautiful damselfly from a wonderful vantage point with great clarity and delightful composition.
Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year 2010 MF!.


Ciao Hans, wonderful dragonfly with splendid details, fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Hello Hans,
a superb macro shot of the White-legged Damselfly, outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-24 3:44]

Hallo Hans,
Wat een pracht macro weer. De details zijn weer super tot in het kleinste haartje. De ogen springen er qua kleur uit. Het contrast tegen de donkere achtergrond is ook erg mooi. Goede keuze van compositie.
Fijne Feestdagen,

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