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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: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-21 3:43
Viewed: 4235
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Very common on TN insect last times. Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) captured on reed around small lake in Lodz.

Dragonflies and damselflies can appear alarming to some people, and their old English country names of ‘horse-stingers’ and ‘devil’s darning needles’ suggests they were once feared. This fear probably stems from the long and usually striped abdomen characteristic of these insects and the fact that they can curl their ‘tails’ down as if preparing to sting. In fact, neither dragonflies nor damselflies have the capacity to sting, although they are predatory insects, both in the larval and adult stages. All flying insects evolved originally with two pairs of wings although, in some species, the front pair has become modified to act as wing covers. These species include various beetles, crickets and cockroaches. Other insects have effectively lost the hind pair of wings, having two pin-shaped balancing organs in their place. Dragonflies and damselflies have retained both pairs as membranous wings, both effective in flight. Both dragonflies and damselflies are strong and swift fliers, and both pairs of wings are similar in size. Apart from their smaller size and generally more slender build, the easiest way to distinguish damselflies from dragonflies is the position of the wings when the insect is resting. Dragonflies rest with both pairs of wings held perpendicular to the body, whereas damselflies hold them almost parallel. As the name suggests, the common blue damselfly is one of the commonest species in Great Britain. They can be confused with other blue damselflies and this situation isn’t helped by the fact that the markings on this species are rather variable. Adult males are predominantly blue, spotted with black markings resembling stripes. Adult females are much darker with larger areas of black and usually a green background colour, although there is a blue form, again with larger areas of black.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-21 4:01]

Nice shot Greg, perfect compo and sharpness.

This guy looks like he is bracing himself against a strong wind. The angle of his long body makes it appear that he will be blown away. Great macro Greg. Congrats on awesome detail.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-21 4:35]

Hello Greg,
A very nice capture of my favourite insect.
Excellent composition,great colours and detail.
A very nice dark oof background.
Great work,well done.

witaj:) zachecasz mnie :) wiesz o tym:)te malenstwa czekaja tam w trawce:) a ja za nerwowa dla nich jestem:)pieknie ci to wyszlo:) wspaniale kolorki:) ostrosc:) podziwiam:)


Great macro and a good sharpness. Nice work. Thanks sharing

I know this one ;-)
Great colours and details. Damselflies are very friendly for us last time ;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-21 5:12]

Happy birthday Greg!
Wonderful damsefly shot.Lighting,colors,BG,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

It's a great great focus here.
Wonderfully detailed and composed.
A nice background you have got.
Well done...

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-21 6:20]

I love these damselflies Greg. So pretty and this one's details are so bright and sharply intricate. Well done on this one - bravo!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-21 6:24]
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Hello Greg the straight guy ;),

I can never get enough of these beautifully colored damselflies. I just love the metallic shine! Superb colors and excellent details. BG is fantastic and the composition is great. Well done & TFS!


Very good macro capture Grzegorz, the compo and pose is beautiful and the detail is magnificent. Just look at the tiny hairs on its back. Dragonflies and damselflies are something Iv never captured yet so I am kind of envious of these post. Well done.

Hello Greg!
Happy birthday.It's very nice capture.Yesterday Joanna posted the pair.Is this male or famale one?Wonderful composition,excellent work.Have a nice day.Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful close-up, Greg.
The comon blue is very nice to shot.
Great details, nice colours, good POV and well composed.
Excellent work.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-21 15:20]

It sure is very common now a day in TN, but never get tired of looking at them, they are pretty. :) Very nice shot Greg, good macro, excellent DOF and details. Well done, thanks for sharing

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-21 15:57]

Great close-up Greg. A good looking damselfly. Sharp details, efficient DoF and attractive composition with dark BG.
Very well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-21 16:54]

wa¿ka pokazana perfekcyjnie.

Great shot Greg,
Excellent detail, colours, sharpness and DOF.
Well composed. well captured, thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-21 19:57]

Grzegorz, they're always cute.

Your shot shows this very well.

As usual, sharpnes is perfect, as well as contrast.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-22 3:30]

Beautiful & interesting composition for this wonderful damselfly ! Good colors, DOF and details ! TFS Grzegorz.

Super shot Greg - I think ya nailed this one! Very efficient use of F/3.2 - Great sharpness, details and well composed. Great exposure and results without the use of flash..Great work!

Hej Grzesiu!
Jakos przeoczylem wczesniej te fotke :)
Fajny tytul idealnie pasujacy do prezentacji. Wazka ostra, dobrze doswietlona i ladnie zaprezentowana.
Pozdrowienia dla Ciebie, Asi i Muchala!

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