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Black-winged Bambootail

Black-winged Bambootail
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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: 2008-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 6:00
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Points: 32
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Black-winged Bambootail (Disparoneura quadrimaculata)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Protoneuridae
Genus: Disparoneura
Species: quadrimaculata

Bambootails are small to medium sized slender damselflies. They are usually black coloured and marked with blue, red, yellow or rarely iridescent.
Wings are transparent and rounded or pointed at the tip. Abdomen is long and never twice the length of the hindwing.
Bamboo Tails are highly diverse family with 244 known species. Within Indian limits 24 species are known of which 15 are found in peninsular India. All the species breed in running waters and they are restricted to forested landscapes.
Size: Male:Abdomen: 32mm, Hind wing: 22mm.Female: Abdomen: 29-30mm, Hind wing: 22mm.
Description: A medium sized brick red damselfly with
black banded wing. Male: Eyes: Brick red with two
equatorial black stripes. Thorax: Bright brick red
above, paler on sides.A black narrow stripe above
and incomplete or broken stripes are present on sides.
Legs: Pale brown, Femora, Speckled with black. Wings:
Transparent with broad blackish brown bands in the centre. Wing spot: Rusty brown. Abdomen: Brick
red. The first segment is black above and the second segment has a large black ring above. The base of segments 3-6 has a pair of small whitish spots above. A narrow pale stripe on each side and a broad black ring towards the end is present. The segments 7-9 is black and the 10th segment is reddish. Female: Differ drastically from male. Thorax: The thorax is black above. The side is olivaceous green shaded with
ochrous and black as in the male. Legs: Pale reddish brown. Wings: Transparent and without broad brownish black bands . Occasionally edges of the wings are smoky
brown. Abdomen: Pale olivaceous with rusty brown above, which is marked and shaded with black and brown. Habits and Habitat: Streams and rivers. Perches on emergent boulders and aquatic plants. Breeding: Not known. Flight season: August-December. Distribution: Western Ghats, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Delhi and Rajasthan.

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The curled up dry leaf is as interesting as this unusual dragonfly you have captured so well, HP.
The image is quite interesting despite busy BG.
TFS and regards.

Hi my friend,
An amazing macro shot of this beautiful Black-winged Bambootail damselfly perched on a dried leaf with a superb DOF selection creating a great 3-D effect. Great details and composition too..
Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-28 6:18]

Hola amigo,
bella macro,
genial pov y selecto enfoque.
buen disparo
saludos Haraprasan

Hello Haraprasan,

Nice capture of this beautiful damselfly on the dry leaf. Very good composition. Very good sharpness. I like very much the colours.

hello haraprasanji,
fine presentation of Black-winged Bambootail , the leaf makes the pisture interesting, the image is sharp , the colors are natural and composition is pleasing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hola Haraprasan, buen macro, el fondo un poco lioso pero el Caballito tiene muy buena definición luz y color. Un saludo

Hello Haraprasan!
Yes, this is totaly new for me! But not a species, not a genus - a family of Odonata! Wow, wonderful shot and great entomological lesson! Thank you for showing this image my Friend!
Haraprasan, this picture has very nice details, POV and sharpness.
By the way, do you know how many species is known from this family in India?
Best greetings from Lodz!

PS. I would like to add this photo to the gallery of the PES (link can be found in my intro). What do you think about this idea? Would you be so kind and agree? :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-28 9:24]

Hello Haraprasan,
excellent macro shot of this inscect,good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with nice colours TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-28 13:10]

Hi Haraprasan . This is a good picture with a low POV which you have taken well. with good detail and use of the light. i like the pose on the dry leaf. well done TFS. interesting notes too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-28 13:45]

Hello Haraprasan,
what a great macro of this unusual damselfly.
Very sharp and clear.
Superb DOF too.
I like how you've composed it as well.

Well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-28 16:16]

Hi Haraprasan,

I love the earthtone colors throughout this picture. The Dragonfly is wonderful with superb details. I love the pose on the tan leaf. He stands out perfectly from the interesting and busy background.


Hello Prasan,
First time to see a Bombootail, much appreciated for the sharing, my friend!
good shot with nice closeness of it in perfect sharpness, natural colour and details
well done

Hello HP uncle, Beautiful shot and so good it is. Your shot is always full of clarity and perfection. TFS Vignesh

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-29 1:17]

Hello HP, I am not sure how you managed to shoot this with the cool pix. Sometime back I tried to shoot with the Sony handheld of a damselfly I just could not focus. Brilliant work friend.Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-29 4:12]

Hi Haraprasan,
superb shot of this damsel fly, excellent leafy setting and details with very good DOF - well done!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-29 4:18]

An another super macro work of a dragonfly Haraprasan. TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

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