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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 10:44
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Points: 32
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Ladies and gentlemen! Number 17 in our D-flies competition with Horia. And now the result is a draw 17:17 :-)

Enallagma cyathigerum - Common Bluet

The species can reach a length of 32 to 35 mm. It is common in all of Europe, except for Iceland.


The Common Blue Damselfly can be easily mistaken for the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), but on the back and the thorax, the Common Blue Damselfly has more blue than black; for the Azure Damselfly it is the other way around.

Another difference can be observed when inspecting the side of the thorax. The Common Blue Damselfly has only one small black stripe there, while all other blue damselflies have two.

During mating, the male clasps the female by her neck while she bends her body around to his reproductive organs – this is called a mating wheel. The pair flies together over the water and eggs are laid within a suitable plant, just below the surface.

The eggs hatch and the larvae, called nymphs, live in the water and feed on small aquatic animals. Nymphs climb out of the water up a suitable stem to moult into damselflies.


This small, brightly coloured damselfly is probably the most common of dragonflies and damselflies throughout much of Britain. It inhabits a wide range of habitats, from small ponds to rivers. They are especially common at lakes and reservoirs.

This damselfly requires a close look for a beginner to distinguish them from an Azure Damselfly. Typically, they fly low through the reeds and often fly well out over the water, unlike Azure Damselflies. They are also a brighter blue than Azures. They can be easy to get close to, but to tell them apart from an Azure Damselfly it is good to know what to look for.

How our competition with Horia started?

My full list of D-flies:

1) Erythromma najas - Red-eyed Damselfly
2) Sympecma fusca - Common Winter Damselfly
3) Coenagrion puella - Azure Damselfly
4) Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle
5) Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly
6) Lestes dryas - Robust Spreadwing
7) Lestes viridis - Western Willow Spreadwing
8) Enallagma cyathigerum - Common Bluet
9) Anax imperator - Emperor Dragonfly
10) Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed Skimmer
11) Sympetrum danae - Black Darter
12) Libellula quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Chaser
13) Sympetrum striolatum - Common Darter
14) Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter
15) Aeshna grandis - Brown Hawker
16) Sympetrum vulgatum - Vagrant Darter
17) Libellula depressa - Broad-bodied Chaser

Picture taken here

All my pictures of d-flies were taken this summer in Lodz Botanic Garden. It is quite good news, that so many species live in big city around few small ponds.

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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-19 10:53]

Hi Greg. Good on you both i have watch with interest . I am surorised how many different one you have found in such a small area in a city as you say. This is a fine close up of the Blue . A nice pose on the single stick . with good detail and colours. well done TFS.

Hi Greg, Relly a wonderful competition :) that we saw the most beautiful d-flies thanks to it:). Perfect shot in all around as usual. Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!
Greetings from TRNC,

Very nicely done Greg. Great detail and interesting information on this damselfly. The blue with the neutral gray background is all the more stunning.


Hi Grzegorz ,
Great macro with excellent details.
Nice BG.

Kind regards

Hehehe! zawody widze trwaja! ;)
No ale super to wyglada, lubie widziec "zdrowa konkurencje", szczegolnie jesli przy okazji mozna sie czegos nauczyc i cos ciekawego zobaczyc :)
Bardzo ladna fotka (moze by tak Wacpan jakies podeslal do galerii PTE? :>:>:>), swietna kolorystyka, detal i ostrosc. Widac, ze opanowales do perfekcji Canonika :)
I juz na koniec tradycyjnie - czekam na kolejna fotke (czas by Polska objela prowadzenie!!! ;>)

Hi Greg,
i don´t know about your D-fly competition with Horia, certainly one of the few people in such sport, ha, ha.
Your composition looks nice, with the insect showing all its beauty and details to your camera.
Best regards

Hi Greg
Nice pose details and colours on thi one :)

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-19 12:42]

Hello Grzegorz,

Excellent composition. Great sharpness. I like very much the blue of the damselfly against the blue-grey of the background (the sky I guess).

Hi Grzegorz,
What an interesting competition! On the photographical and scientific level. This species is well presented and we can see the difference with Coenagrion puella. TFS,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-19 16:11]

Hi Greg,

Before TN I didn't know there were so many different dragonflies! Beautiful shot of this Common Blue. The blue is exquisite and the wings are marvelous. Beautiful pose and background. I'm wondering how many more you will come up with.


My apologies for not getting back on time with my return critiques, Greg. First, I was out on a short holiday and second, I am trying desperately to catch up with return critiques. Hence the delay.
I had warned you; you are pitted against a formidable adversary: HORIA!
Now that the scores are even, I could be sending you one of the species we have only in India so that you win ;)!
The image of the species you have posted today is simply brilliant. I love the colours on this Damselfly.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-08-19 23:45]

Haj Wieko :)
Fajnie, ze remis. Musisz teraz zbudowac jakas przewage ;) Bo jak wroci Horia to... ;)
Swietna kompozycja. Masz widac farta, ze siadaja w takich miejscach, gdzie tlo nie przeszkadza ;)
Fota ostra i wyrazna - jak zawsze.

Hi, Greg,

very beautiful blue w great details and composition. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Oprocz pieknych kolorow, bardzo dobrej ostrosci, podoba mi sie geometria tego zdjecia. Super!
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Czesc Grzesiu
Bardzo ladna fotka. Ciekawie skomponowana - trawka pod katem a robak prosty ;-)Swietna ostra fotka z idealnym rozmytym tlem


PS Jest nowy super atlas do motyli Polski. Na merlinie kosztuje 49 zl Atlas Motyli Polski (Buszko Maslowski) Bardzo dobre tablice i doskonale opisy. Polecam

I'm trying to figure out new guidelines here....I shall add it to my theme for starts....you are a good guy there Charlie Brown!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-20 21:31]

Hello Greg, Good shot and lovely macro. I sometimes wonder how this damselfly can be shot in such a lovely focus. Superb Shot. Ganesh

Wooow Grzegorz,

I like this macro shot very much. Perfect composition for this shot, very good detail on the damselfly, super macro work, well done!


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