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Virgo or Splendens?

Virgo or Splendens?
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-31 13:03
Viewed: 4161
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In my second photo, I published what I thought was a Calopteryx Splendens, but thanks to PDP, Robbrown & milloup I discovered it was a Calopteryx Virgo.

After having a look at different sources, The only thing I have clear is that males of Virgo & Spledens are variable in size and colours, depending on the place, tempetarure, genetic variables, etc. and are sometimes very similar between them.

I wanted to post another pic of this serie just to show a better detail of the male, and also the one in the corner with the banded wing (like Splendens).

I am almost convinced it´s a Virgo, but I wanted to be shure. Thanks again for your knowledge.

Post: Crop, slight levels & sharp.

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To PDP: Thanks for the info... glad you like.extramundi 1 08-31 17:42
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-31 13:24]
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Felipe, I'm sure the main picture and the centre-left are C.virgo, the top left is wothout doubt C.splendens.

The picture is another good one but you have an even shallower DOF here and I think that has been the cause of a (small) loss of detail in the head. Also, the stalk to the left of the fly is very bright and could be distracting. I love these demioselles, and you have some nice pictures. I look forward to more of your work.

A very interesting debate. And a very well taken capture. The metallic colours looks very nice on it. Nice work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-01 11:37]

Les couleurs métalliques de cette libellule sont splendides !
Well done !

I like the idea of multiple shots here, it's a good change of pace. Also, I like how the blue of the wings blends with the greens of the background and seems to become the main body.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-03 16:10]

Felipe, excelente composição para nos mostrar esse gracioso inseto.

Mais uma vez, excelente nitidez, POVs e DOFs.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-29 8:05]

Very good composition Felipe!
It's a Calopteryx, but if it is a splendens or a virgo, I'm not shure.
Both belongs to the Zygoptera sub order.

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