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Large red damselfly - St. Martins fly

Large red damselfly - St. Martins fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-19 11:30
Viewed: 2907
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just before pressing the shutter the st. Martins fly landed on the wings of the Large red damselfly. I was very lucky with the possibility to capture this scene.

Large red damselfly
Length: 36mm
A large, active, deep red damselfly with black legs and a bronze-black top to the thorax which has broad red or yellow stripes. The female exists in several colour forms varying in the amount of red and black on the abdomen from nearly all black in f. melanotum to mainly red in f. fulvipes. The pterostigma is black. This is one of the earliest species to appear each spring.

St. Martins fly
This large black fly is widespread and common and it can be found swarming over grassland or in the lee of bushes in May and June with its long legs dangling below.

The name comes from the fact that the adults usually emerge around St Mark's Day, 25th April. These flies are thought to play an important role in pollinating fruit trees and other plants. The larvae feed on the roots of grasses and they are occasionally cereal pests as well as on decaying organic matter and are frequent in compost heaps.

Males are easily distinguished as they have huge, bulbous eyes, giving them a large head in comparison with the female.

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hallo Hans
het moet bij jou toch niet gekker worden
dit kan toch niet !!
twee mooie in een klap
supper scherp ,nou ja ik hou maar op
dit is uniek
bedankt ,groetjes lou

hello Hans!
a great double capture
good timing for this macro
and well managed

greeting sERGIO

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-19 12:36]

Hi Hans,

Inderdaad je volkomen gelijk, je moet heel veel geluk te vangen. Mijn felicitaties.
Presentatie perfect met een duidelijke top. En de aangeboden beschrijving is erg goed.
Een mooie avond,

Hello Hans,
Fantastic double capture, with so nice colours and good composition. Cheers,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-19 15:32]

Very good composition.nice colors and great sharpness.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-10-19 15:38]

Hello Hans.
Perfect timing.
Accurate sharpness and point of view. Pretty colour.
Greetings and TFS.

helo Hans
fine composition in this great moment,very fine output!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hello Hans,

This is amazing macro shot, you were lucky to get the other insect/fly too in focus, well done.tfs

Hello Hans,
excellent capture, very nice colors, sharp deatails, beautifull BG,
TFS, best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-10-20 12:21]

What a great photo, Hans!
You took advantage of this split-second moment perfectly!
Excellent technically and aesthetically!

Well done,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-24 4:39]

Hello Hans,
By chance I just saw this wonderful and original shot. Very lucky to have caught this very special moment, and this in a perfect manner.
Very fine composition and subtle colors. Excellent!
Kind regards

Hello Hans.

Excellent photography. The sharpness and depth of field are perfect. The colors and contrast are very realistic. The layout is perfect.
I particularly appreciate the game between the two damselflies. A great moment.

Thank you for sharing.

Hope to see you soon for other photos.


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