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Nehalennia speciosa

Nehalennia speciosa
Photo Information
Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Dedications [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-04 12:33
Viewed: 5473
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today something really special. The smallest (up to 26mm) and one of the rarest European damselflies – Nehalennia speciosa. I just came back from the short trip to Przedborski Landscape Park (Central Poland) and I have taken some new photos of very interesting insects. You can see the habitat of N. speciosa here.

I want to dedicate this photo to Grzesiek (red45) and Horia (horia).

Nehalennia speciosa has a very large extent of occurrence across Eurasia. However, it is declining and is already regionally extinct in many areas across its range. It currently exists in extremely small areas, at individual and severely scattered localities. The current area of occupancy is not known, however it is likely to be small and at least approaching the 2,000 km˛ threshold for Vulnerable. Available habitat continues to decline due to drainage of wetland areas and climatic changes. Pollution and overgrowth of habitats also threaten the survival of this species. The number of large populations known at present is low (25–30 currently known in Europe).

Primary habitat: small mire lakes and pools bordered by Sphagnum, transition-mires, fens.

Microhabitat: border zones of small lakes and Sphagnum mats, flooded depressions in Sphagnum bogs and fens. Generally stagnant, permanent, shallow, mostly acid waters of low trophy, overgrown with specific vegetation predominated by narrow-leaved helophytes, especially Carex limosa and C. lasiocarpa. Stenotopic species.

Drying out of habitats as result of drainage, extreme weather events and climatic changes (global warming). Changes in the species composition and structure of vegetation caused by an increased load of nutrients from deforested or agriculturally used surroundings, aerial influx and recreational activities (e.g., angling). Overgrowth of habitats, especially secondary ones.

(Source: IUCN red list)

red45, nglen, flashpoint, roges, Argus, boreocypriensis, haraprasan, anel, uleko, briGG, horia has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-07-04 12:53]

Czesc Krzysiek!

Wielkie dzieki za dedykacje! Fantastyczne znalezisko. W dodatku piekne zdjecie - stylowa kompozycja, zwierzak caly ostry, kolory i swiatlo tez bardzo ladne. Super. Wlasnie sobie poczytalem o tym Przedborskim Parku i nie wiem, czy sie jutro nie wybiore :-) Narobiles mi ochoty tym zdjeciem :-) A tak w ogole to w wolnej chwili rzuc okiem na stronke, nad ktora pracuje - http://red45.emenace.com/Ogrod.html

  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-04 12:55]

Hi Krzysztof . Firstly a nice dedication to Greg ans Horia. This sounds like you had a lucky fine in this one. I have found your notes to interesting and help to understand about the small Nehalennia speciosa . You were able to take afine close up with good detail / It shows up well against the plain BG. well done TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-04 14:22]

Hi Krzysztof !

Wyjątkowe chwytania, gratulacje!
Opis jest ona oferowana w górę!
Have a nice weekend

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-04 22:15]

Congratulations Krzysztof!
An excellent capture of N. speciosa, a great rarity in Sweden that I haven't seen yet. Technically this is superb and taken from a fine POV on the stem.
Nice to see and thanks!
Best regards,

Hi dude Krzysztof, an awesome macro capture of this pretty damselfly which is also a novelty for me from wonderful POV with neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and have an amusing Sunday MF!

  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-05 0:48]

Hello Krzysztof,
Very beautiful photo in superb sharpness and details. Great contrasting clear colours against the fine OOF BG. Good composition and POV.
Nice dedication.

Hi Chris,
A nice capture of this beautiful damselfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Nice dedication too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-05 5:46]

Hello Krzysztof,
Congratulaions to have caught this very small and rare damselfly! The picture is well composed and presented with fine sharpness, not easy with such a slender subject. Beautiful light and natural colors too. A very nice dedication to Grzesiek and Horia.
Kind regards

hello Krzysztof
simple but particularly beautiful diagonal composition, colours and background naturally and beautifully, one marvellously photo

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-07 9:45]

Hello Krzys,
Another rarity very well captured!! This is thought to be extinct in Sweden! I find many of the little Damsels really hard to identify though. I like your POV and the fine smooth background that shows it very clearly.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-13 11:48]


Very nice shot of this uncommon dameselfly!
Interesting note and WS. Thanks!



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-28 9:48]

Hi again Krzysztof :)
Reading your note from your 200th post, i saw a link to your rarest species which i apparently missed. Much to my surprise, that was an Odonata and, even more, a dedication to me, too. THANK YOU!
This is indeed a superb species and one that i can only dream to see one day. You managed an excellent shot of it, with impeccable sharpness and good angle for its coloration and pattern. I'm assuming many people across Europe will be curious for this :)
Great work, my friend, and please keep in mind this location if i ever make it to Poland ;)

Cheers and thanks again

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