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Agriocnemis pygmaea or femina not sure

Agriocnemis pygmaea or femina not sure
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 1:23
Viewed: 3469
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a capture of the smallest damselfly in India or I have seen. It is a female in RED form. But I am not sure if it is a Agriocnemis pygmaea or Agriocnemis femina. Another POV is posted in the WS to help ID better.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Superfamily: Coenagrionoidea
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Agriocnemis
Species : either pygmaea or femina

The insect family Coenagrionidae is found in the order Odonata and the suborder Zygoptera. The Zygoptera are the damselflies, which although less known than the dragonflies, are no less common.

This family is referred to as the Narrow-winged damselflies. The Coenagrionidae enjoy a world-wide distribution, and are among the most common of damselfly families.


* usually with black pattern
* their ground color may be green, blue, yellow, orange, or purple
* their wings are narrow, usually colorless and clear
* wings stalked
* 2 antenodal cross veins
* vein M3 arising nearer to nodus than arculus

Agriocnemis pygmaea (Pigmy Dartlet)

Economic importance
Generalist predator.

Leafhoppers and planthoppers.

The narrow winged damselfly adult is yellow-green and black. It has a long slender abdomen. The male adult is more colorful with an orange abdominal tip.

Biology and ecology
The adult damselfly preys on hoppers. Its nymphs are aquatic and can climb up the rice stems in search of prey. Adults are also predators.

Agriocnemis femina

Economic importance
Generalist predator.

Leafhoppers, planthoppers, moths, and butterflies.

Agriocnemis femina femina is 16 to 18 mm in length. The male species has an orange and black body with blue-green abdominal tip. The sides of the thorax are also blue-green. Older species are whitish. The female damselfly is deep reddish. With age, it changes to dark green.

Biology and ecology
The immatures called naiads are aquatic. They feed on hopper nymphs by climbing up rice stems. The adult damselflies may prey on flying insects such as moths and butterflies. They also feed on leafhoppers and planthoppers.

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Hola Haraprasan,
Bonita composición con excelente nitidez y detalles, bellos colores, saludos
José Ramón

Namastay Hara,
Some good detail in this shot and nice colour,although it looks possibly a bit strong in one or two places.
Did you rotate this at all or was the grass that way already ?
A good composition and notes.
Well done.

superbe phot de cette demoiselle, couleurs nettes et agréables, bonne netteté sur un bon bg
bravo et merci a toi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-18 3:15]

WOW! That is small!!
An excellent photo Haraprasan!
+++ Sharp, detailed, well composed, great natural colours and a good DOF.
--- Nothing :D
A great capture.
Well done,

Hello Haraprasan,
Good image, perhaps a bit soft focused.
I would have tried for a different POV at these settings. What support did you use?
Very difficult to get a sharp macro at 1/60th handheld..

Hello Haraprasan
Excellent shot of thi red Damselfly,
Great focusing,lighting and sharpness,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hello Prasan,
Good close up captured!
good clarity, vivid colour and details always
thanks for sharing

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-09-18 12:23]

Hello haraprasan !
This small Damselfly is very beautiful, I love its vivid red color. It stands out very nicely on the green BG. Excellent details, wonderful composition and POV, nice pose from the insect. It is looking directly at you. Very well done !

Hi Haraprasan, splendid damselfly with wonderful details, great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-18 12:46]

Hi Haraprasan. A nice shot of the damselfly. good colur and detail. a nice POV/DOF. you have a bit of noise but you could take this out. but still a nice picture. well done TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-18 13:14]

selam , excellent macro shot and very good composition of this d.fly .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-18 14:33]

Hi Haraprasan,
Excellent not and outstanding capture of the damselfly. Great color and POV. Very well done.


Hello Haraprasan, very sharp and colourfull details interesting pov nice work tfs rgds necip.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-18 15:20]

Hi Haraprasan,

Amazing shot of this small dragonfly. Colors are great, details are sharp and good positioning. Stands out well from the nice background.


hello haraprasan,
good shot of the damselfly, well saturated colours, liked the pov and the composition too,

El ángulo que forman la rama y el insecto preciosos. Justa de enfoque. Delicadeza.

I have been back home more than 2 months now and I have yet to see a damselfly, HP.
This specimen you have shot is really exotic.
I like its red colour.
Well done and TFS.

This is a great shot...my favorite part is that there are so many angles...the body of the damselfly, the blades of grass...makes for a very interesting composition!!!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-19 10:52]

Hello Haraprasan

Nice diagonal composition with excellent focus and sharpnes.The colours are bright and vivid.Nicely done.TFS


merhaba Haraprasan,
very nice shot with nice composition, details, colors and frame. thanks.
best wishes

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-19 21:04]

Hara, Nice shot and excellent note. I like the angle and the view. Great Ganesh

Namaste MF Haraprasan,
An excellent macro capture of this pretty damselfly with fine composition and and neat details.
TFS and cheers!

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