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Lestes dryas

Lestes dryas
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S20 Pro, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/4, 1/240 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects' World, Butterfly & Dragonfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 5:15
Viewed: 4678
Points: 6
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Hello to all!

Today some old but still quite fresh looking photograph of Emerald damselfly, catched in Jersey Island during summer'04.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Lestidae
Genus: Lestes
Species: L. sponsa

Some information about the species from Wikipedia:
The Emerald damselfly Lestes sponsa is a damselfly, 3.5 centimeters long, found in Europe, Asia and North Africa. In peace, its wings are usually half opened. Males have a dark metallic green tone, while females appear rather copper. The Emerald damselfly can survive up to a half hour under water. Found by lakes or ponds.

Preferential habitats of this species are pools, ponds and moorlands, from central and Northern Europe to north Asia at a height of upt to 1,200 meters. The animals are very widespread. A population can consist of several hundred insects. The Emerald damselfly is one of the most frequent kinds of damselflies in Europe, since it adapts very well to many environmental changes.

One of the larger Damselflies this specie is most common in July and August. It is often found by ponds and lakes, and is very rarely seen along flowing water. They like to perch among reeds, their colour providing good camouflage. Emerald Damselflies are not as strong flyers as Common Blue or Large Red Damselflies but they are more likely to be seen on misty, rainy days then those species. When disturbed they usually don't fly very far away landing on another perch a few yards away. It often perches with its wings half open, a habit charerteristic of this Damselfly."

Thank You for Your interest and comments.
Have a nice day!

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  • Great 
  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-05-14 6:09]

Hi Adrian

very good capture and sharpness on this macro.

good colors, and fine details on the wings.

well done.


  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-14 13:55]

Same subject today :-D
This is a really detailed capture of this beautiful Damselfly!
I like the POV showing all the main features.
Good DOF and focusing.
Great colours too.

Well done Adrian!


Hello Adrian,
Very good and fine macro shot of dfly!
the lighting is good with total sharpness, nice colour and details
a good shot

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