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Migrant spreadwing

Migrant spreadwing
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-21 2:56
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Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lestes barbarus is a damselfly of the family Lestidae. It has the typical appearance of a Lestes damselfly; it has a metalic green body and at rest it holds its wings away from its body.

L. barbarus is found across southern Europe in a band across Spain, France, Italy and Greece to India and Mongolia. It is less common in northern Europe, it breeds in the Netherlands, in coastal dunes and is increasing in number. It is at the edge of its range in the Channel Islands, where it has been breeding since 1995. It is also found in north Africa; it gets its latin name as the first specimen was found in Barbary, North Africa. It is a damselfly of still water and can be found in stagnant and slightly brackish water.

This damselfly differs from the other Euopean Lestes in having two-coloured pterostigmata which is diagnostic. The male abdominal appendage and female ovipositor are also characteristic and unlike those of L. sponsa or L. dryas. Like other Lestes both sexes are mainly metallic green and the wings are usually held well out from the body.

Immatures have pale pterostigmata and only develop the characteristic two-coloured pterostigmata when mature.

Flight period is from May to October. L. barbarus is very similar in its behaviour to L. sponsa but it is more likely to be found away from water. After mating the pair usually remain in tandem while the female lays eggs into waterside plants. L. barbarus overwinter as diapausing eggs and hatch into larvae in spring. The larvae develope very quickly, within 2 months and the adults emerge in late spring.

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Hi Hans,

Another great macro of a pretty damselfly which it is also a novelty for me.
Great details, perfect focus and exposure with a fine classical compositon.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


hello Hans
great macro with great details and colors
great focus and POV



Hello Hans! Superb shot, good contrast and sharpness, ideal light and colours, very good exposure, perfect macro. Well done!

hallo Hans
super scherp met veel details
mooie achtergrond en mooi zacht licht
een super plaatje weer
groetjes lou

Hello Hans,
Great macro with nice colours and excellent background.
Very good composition and POV.

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-21 14:47]

Hello Hans.
Excellent POV and DOF on this shot.The composition is very well done.
The colours are rich and vivid.The focus and details are tack sharp.
Well done.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hi Hans
I like this shot, great sharpness and detail, and excellnt composition. Regards

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