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Irish Damselfly

Irish Damselfly
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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: 2009-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-22 5:59
Viewed: 3907
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Irish Damselfly or Crescent Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) is a damselfly found in northern Europe; outside northern Finland the species is rare. Its English name comes from the fact that it is found in Ireland but not in Britain.

This species is similar to the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), the Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) and the Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) with which it coexists. However, both the female and male are darker and shorter-bodied in comparison with other blue damselflies.

The species can be identified using the following features:

In males the back of the abdomen is mostly black, whilst segments 8 and 9 are all blue.
In males the underside is bright green especially on the head and thorax

The blue is of a darker shade than similar species
Females are dull green with black markings
In females the hind margin of the pronotum has a prominent raised point (see comparison of pronotums of blue damselflies)

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Hi Hans.
Verry good details and clarity of yours picture.This dragonfly have a nice light blue colour.
Best regards.Alin.

Hallo Hans,

alweer een mooie opname en ditmaal van een juffer.
Mooie wazige achtergrond waardeoo onderwerp goed uitkomt.

Prachtige nutuurlijke kleuren.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-22 6:26]

Hello Hans,
A beautiful capture of C. lunulatum from a nice POV. Great details and beautiful colours. It stands out so well against the greyish background. Well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-22 7:27]

Hallo hans,
Erg mooie foto van deze waterjuffer. Uitstekende scherpte met sublieme details. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren, goed contrasterend tegen de vage achtergrond. Prima compositie.

hallo Hans
dit is weer een goeie
deze achtergrond vindt ik ook erg goed ,hij is iets donkerder
mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte
groetjes lou

It's a very pretty damsel, Hans,
I like the pose on that stick and the blurred BG. Nothing is disturbing from this beauty.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Hans!
great series of damselflies..
fine details of this Coenagrion lunulatum male caught with excellent details

greeting sERGIO

Hello Hans,
Nice colours ,details and composition.
Very good background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-22 10:13]

Hello Hans.
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this damselfly well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Hans,

A nice shot in the natural environment. Very nice blue color with a dragon fly. Craftsmanship and skills that require this shot 're very good success. Shooting of the clarity, sharpness, light and colors creates the perfect beautiful composition. Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

Hi and good Morning Hans,

Another novelty for me and a flawless close-up capture from nice POV with nice details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice week!


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