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Mating Damsels

Mating Damsels
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 100, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-29 5:12
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Enallagma cyathigerum - Common Blue Damselfly


Length: 32mm. In many ways this could be considered to be the most typical British damselfly. It shares its blue and black colouration with several other species. It can be distinguished from the others by its broad ante-humeral stripes. In the male, S2 has a characteristic mark of a spot linked to the inter segment suture by a short line. S8 and S9 are entirely blue. The female occurs in two colour forms, one blue, as in the male, the other dull green. The mark on S2 is thistle shaped and there is a "Christmas tree" shaped stepped triangle on S8.
They often perch gregariously on emergent plant stems, all facing the same way.

It occurs in most waters and on large lakes is usually the most abundant species.

Status and Distribution
Abundant throughout the British Isles.
Distribution map from the National Biodiversity Network Gateway (opens in new window).

Similar species
This species is easily confused with the various members of the genus Coenagrion. Look at S2 (on the males) for distinguishing characters. It does appear particularly blue compared with other similar species. The females can be particularly tricky to distinguish apart.

Information from the British Dragonfly Society

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Hi Alan,

A very well executed shot, great focus and dof showing bodies and wings well. Good colour. You even managed to get a nice oof background, something which these damsells don't always co-operate in their poses.

TFS regards

Hello Alan friend,
The image is slightly moved due to 1/60s, but still visually effective, and well appreciated the expectacular pose of these insects copulate. The POV is well chosen as the cut and composition. Good document attached. Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Jesús

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-29 8:28]

Hello Alan
What a lovely pair of Damselfly from you!
I like the details and great colors. Good POC and BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-29 8:55]

Hi Alan,the sharpness isn't the ebst but i know how are difficult to take pics like that.The blue is truely fantastic,perfect pov to understand at the best what happen's..ehehe..have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Alan, lovely couple of elegant damselflies, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Buen momento el captado de esta cópula en una planta de Lavanda. Lástima del justo enfoque :-)
Un abrazo Alan: J. Ignasi.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-30 4:49]

Fine image of mating beautiful dragonflies with interesting background. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-30 8:22]

Hello Alan,
Beautiful photo of these mating damselflies. Good sharpness and natural colors. Great POV and composition.

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