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Calopteryx virgo male

Calopteryx  virgo male
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Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6588 W: 90 N: 16628] (101250)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-18
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1, Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-08 2:02
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 70
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Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bella damigella europea si trova spesso vicino ad acque a flusso rapido. Il maschio adulto, nella foto, ha le ali marrone-nero scure con le vene blu. L’esemplare immaturo
ha spesso ali più marroni e molto più pallide. Hanno il corpo blu-verde metallico ed occhi blu-verde. La femmina ha le ali iridescenti di colore marrone scuro, una zona bianca vicino alla punta delle ali e un corpo verde metallico con una punta bronzea all'addome. Le femmine fanno fino a 300 uova alla volta sulle piante acquatiche. Le uova hanno un periodo di incubazione intorno a 14 giorni, la larva si sviluppa per due anni nella vegetazione, nei residui della pianta o nelle radici sommersi. Svernano solitamente in fango o melma. I maschi sono territoriali, appollaiandosi nelle vegetazione ripariale e negli alberi. Inseguono gli insetti di pasaggio, tornando spesso allo stesso ramo.
The Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo is a European damselfly. It is often found among fast-flowing waters.
The male has dark brown-black wingtips with blue veins. Immature often have much paler browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes.
The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings and a metallic green body with a bronze tip at the abdomen.
Females lay up to 300 eggs at a time on emergent or floating plants, often on water-crowfoot. Like the Banded Demoiselle they often submerge to do so. The eggs hatch after around 14 days. Also like the Banded Demoiselle the larva is stick-like with long legs and develops over a period of two years in submerged vegetation, plant debris or roots. They usually overwinter in mud or slime.
Males are territorial, perching in bankside plants and trees. They chase passing insects, often returning to the same perch. Males can stray well away from water, females live away from water unless egg-laying or seeking a mate.

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To lousat: Buon ViaggioSilvio2006 2 06-08 02:17
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Ciao Silvio,ecco un'altra delle maledette isteriche,chissa'quanta fatica e quante bestemmie prima di riuscire in uno scatto cosi' bello..heheheh...nonostante la foto sia fatta all'ombra i colori sono eccezionali e i dettagli perfetti.Domani parto per una settimana,ci sentiamo al 17,buona settimana,Luciano

Isn't it a pleasure to shoot the world's most beautiful Damsel so well, Silvio?
You have excelled yourself here.
Focus, composition, colours and all else are perfect in this outstanding image.

Hi Silvio
This is stunning. Awesome colour and sharpness, I just love it!

Wow, Silvio, this is superb!
You have captured this damsel fly with perfect details and colours.
The diagonal composition across the shot is very attractive.
Nice muted b/g to act as a backcloth for the fly.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Silvio,

Excellent picture of this damselfly. Excellent composition, POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good light and wonderful colours.

Owwww... Silvio, my dear friend! What a strange colours of this odonat species. Realy very impressive colours. Superb DOF and POV. Great compo too. Well done my friend! TFS.


Hi Silvio,
a beautiful male with great blue/green colour tones.
Fine sharp details an very good DOF, the whole main subject
is in focus and the BG in nice OOF.
Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2008-06-08 3:14]

Hello Silvio,
Amazing sharp detailed and coloured photo. Really perfect. The diagonal composition, the POV, DOF and OOF BG are also excellent.
High quality!

Hi Silvio
Nice diagonal composition. Pretty good sharpness and good OOF background. Also good note. Despite the little sharpness problems almost perfect ;-)
Best wishes

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-06-08 3:30]

Hello Silvio, WoW what a colorful damselfly. Superb sharpness and excellent lighting. Well done silvio. Ganesh

Well, couldn't find any points to citicise on this beautifully executed composition Silvio, thank you indeed for sharing this fine capture with us my friend.

Ne ho beccata una anche io stamattina. Non è perfetta come la tua ma visti i colori presto la pubblico con adeguata cornice.


One of your absolute best...perhaps it is the colour blue which attracts me...I have added it to my and group theme 'blue things part two'. A sharp image. And you are still using ISO 800..Seems as though we have opend a new window.. or door here Silvio. fine continuing work! And better yet...IMPROVING!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-08 7:48]

Hi Silvio,

This might be the most beautiful damselfly I have seen. The rich blues and greens are magnificent. Sharp, sharp details, wonderful background and a superb diagonal composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-06-08 7:52]

Hello Silvio,
Fantastic shot of this wonderful Damselfly! You've caught it in a lovely pose and the colours are stunning. Great sharpness and a lovely contrasting background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Dear Silvio
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Great focusing,colors and BG.Welldone my friend.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-06-08 8:39]

Merhaba Silvio,
Whatt a perfect shot. Wonderful detail and amazing colors. Focus, sharpnes and composition are perfect. Very well done. Hüseyin

Hola Silvio, excelente macro, bonita composición, nitida, agradable color metalico, pero sin brillo(excelente luz) y un fondo uniforme, limpio y perfectamente desenfocado. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-08 10:46]

Hi Silvio. A very good close up of the Damselfly. fine detail and rich colours. good use of the light . with a nice pOV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-06-08 11:28]

Hi Silvio,
Your shot very good, like me colours of the dragonfly and great sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Silvio,

Very beautiful damselfly indeed. The colour is definately something that gets imitated in cars etc. and for good reason. Goos pose and composition, nice POV and sharp details.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-06-08 11:58]

Hello Silvio,
A superb capture of a male C. virgo, sharply caught in a fine pose and from an excellent POV against a pleasing OOF natural BG.
A real delight to see and thanks for sharing it!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-08 12:30]

Very good macro of this Beautiful Demoiselle, Silvio!!
Stunningly beautiful colours and perfect light to show them off in all their glory :-)
Excellent sharpness.
Superb composition.

Well done!


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-06-08 12:47]

yes Silvio,
when I was fishing today with my wife teumi [wuta] I saw her flying over, I like you good pov and the fine quality of your shot my friend, very good photojob here, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

Ciao my friend Silvio,
This one is real nice!
I loved the awesome colour on this damselfly, so beautiful!
good macro with superb sharpness and perfect details all round
many thanks

Hallo Silvio
Fantastic macro shot, excellent detail, perfect colours and depth of field with not a hint of noise anywhere. Excellent framing and superb focus. Damselflies are fantastic creatures and your post is displaying this very well. The colour is just magic. Thanks for sharing this delightful photo.
Best regards

Beautiful work Silvio, lovely color & a great POV.
You've used the ambient light very well, it has produced soft even tones throughout.
Well composed with nice details, DOF, and BG also.

Hello Silvio,
Outstanding luminosity and detail in this damselfly. POV is very interesting with nice BG. TFS Thomas

hello Silvio

excellent image of this insect, with excellent focus on the subject,
fine POV, great sharpness and details, and a GREAT contrast
between the insect's blue colour and the rest of the image's green colour,



Excellent sharpness, POV and composition. I enjoy saturation and contrast too. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-10 3:43]

Ciao Silvio,
Shimmering colors look wonderful. Very good close-up photo of this beauty. Grazie e complimenti,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-10 9:05]

Hello Silvio

A beautiful capture of this lovely damselfly.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
Excellent sharpness and detail.
Nicely composed in the frame.
Well done.



Silvio,beautiful capture.Congratulations.

Hi, Silvio,

what a beauty!! an excellent photo of a beautiful damselfly!! excellent in all aspects, and I like the colours and and the composition most!! thanks for sharing!!

Man Yee

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