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Common Spreadwing

Common Spreadwing
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Copyright: Amelia Heath (Amelia) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 93] (310)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-16 2:03
Viewed: 3249
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lestes sponsa is also known as The Common Spreadwing, or the Emerald Damselfly. It is an easy damselfly to recognise because, as the name suggests, when resting its wings are half open.

There were many of these little damselflies over an open pond in the Rogaland arboretum, and the bright blue eyes were quite spectacular. I didn't see any pairings, so maybe the damselflies had not long emerged. Adults are not sexually mature when they first emerge and need a week or more, depending on conditions, before they can breed. Having said that, the blue eyes indicate that this is a mature male, so maybe I missed the pairing, as the tandem pairs occur away from water. The eggs are laid underwater, and continue to develop for a few weeks until a period of dormancy begins. This period is called a 'Diapause', and is the delay in development in response to periods of adverse environmental conditions. The eggs hatch in spring, and the cycle goes through the first pro-larval stage. The larvae continue to moult from one stadia (larval stage) to the next. In good conditions this can be as little as 8 weeks, but of course I have no idea how long this would take in Norway. There is only one brood or generation per year, so L. sponsa is a univoltine species.

The length of these damselflies was about 30 mm. The BG is of shallow sandy/stony water. I could not get very close to this damsel fly, so the photo is cropped from 3000 pixels down to 800 for TE. The colour has not been changed, but I have sharpened the image slightly. I was surprised that there was still some clarity in the features.

The weather conditions were warm, about 21C, it was sunny and still. I hope you enjoy looking at this little damselfly as much as I enjoyed watching all the activity.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-16 4:15]

Hello Amelia,
A nice, almost frontal view of a Lestes sponsa. The head and thorax are in good focus with fine sharpness and colours. I like the composition with the contrasting OOF natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-16 6:58]

Hi Amelia
What a great shot of this lovely Lestes sponsa!
Great POV and lovey blurred BG.
The eyes are fantastic.
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hello Amelia,
A very good picture, be patience and your also take good ones.
Also make with more dof (F) numbers pictures and from different pov's.
Well done.
fine colours.
What are this for flower?


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-16 10:24]

Hello Amelia,
What a beauty. A bit more DOF would be good, but head and wings are very sharp. Very beautiful colours, a good OOF BG and composition. Taken from a pleasing POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-16 11:23]

Hello Amelia,
A lovely capture of Lestes Sponsa with great focus on the bright blue eyes. Excellent timing to show the spread-out wings typical for this species. A fine ontrasting background too and very well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-19 12:10]

Hello Amelia,
very good shot on this Blue Damselfly. The color is vivid, and very sharp detail. I think the composition are very nice.
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Amelia,
a superb capture of Lestes sponsa taken from an excellent POV with a very beautiful diagonal perspective against a splendid BG, perfect focusing on the head with fine detail.
Have a good Sunday

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-08-31 11:18]

Hi Amelia once more.
What a cute creature you have pictured on a thin plant. Its eyes are simply sweet as well as colouration on an amazing BG. Diagonal composition of the image is superb. Well done and best regards.

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