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White-legged Damselfly


White-legged Damselfly
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Copyright: Andrei Andritcu (andrash) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 9] (57)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D eos, 18-55 Canon EFS
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 11:15
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of my first macro shots taken right after i bought my new camera. The shot was taken on one of the banks of the river passing through the town i live in.

The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a damselfly of slow-flowing muddy waters. It is much more restricted in range than the Banded Demoiselle which it invariably accompanies.

Morphology
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 antehumeral stripes 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.

Breeding
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 inin 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

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

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Excelente enfoque, composición y luz. Bellos detalles, tanto en el insecto como en la gramínea. Preciosa.

Un saludo Andrei.

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