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Green emerald damselfly

Green emerald 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: 2009-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Damselflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-05 0:59
Viewed: 2983
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Green Emerald Damselfly belongs to a small group of 4 rather similar metallic green damselflies. Among these it is easily identified, for it is the biggest, males never turn blueish and the marking in the wings is whitish. Usually the eyes are brownish and not blueish as in the other species. The Green Emerald Damselfly may reach a length of 45 to 50mm, while the wingspan varies from 50 to 60mm.

Like in all damselflies and Dragonflies mating is done in a wheel: males grab a female behind her head and she places the end of her body near the end of the males's thorax. Mating usually takes place in trees or bushes near the water. After mating the female lets go, but the male keeps on grabbing her behind the head. They now are a so-called tandem. In this position egg-laying commences. While most damselflies lay their eggs in the water, the Green Emerald Damselfly deposits her eggs in crevices in the bark of trees, especially branches growing over the water. She prefers willows to other trees to lay her eggs in. In the evening however one sometimes sees females depositing eggs by themselves. The eggs overwinter and hatch next spring. Out of the egg comes the legless, smooth and very light prolarva. It is capable of jumping, something it must do should it have been fallen not into but near water. This prolarva stage takes a short time only. Some damselflies mould within a few seconds. In the Green Emerald Damselfly it takes the animal several minutes to mould for the first time. The nymph usually hunts at the bottom and grows incredibly fast, for after some 3 months a new adult may appear.

Due to the fact the eggs are being laid in tree bark, we'll find this species in waters surrounded by trees and shrubs. The size of the water doesn't matter much: a lake will do, but so will a ditch. Brackish water though is avoided. Both females and males may migrate considerable distances and may turn up in gardens as well. In gardens they'll never be as numerous as some Dragonflies though. The Green Emerald Damselfly usually hunts from one and the same place. After a hunt they'll return to the same place over and over again. Photographers don't have to go running after them, just wait for them at their usual spot. They'll accept your presence very soon and are excellent models indeed

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-05 1:27]
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Hi Hans

This posting of the Green Emerald Damselfly definitively has the "WOW" factor. All the
details are brilliantly sharp and the range of the spot-on DOF, achieved through the f/10
aperture, ensured nothing went OOF. The colours are vividly enthralling. I just love the
metallic qualities in the greens which are so clearly visible here. The isolated BG with the
evenly toned browns compliment the insect and makes it stand out all that clearer. The
composition is well presented with the damsel placed right on the diagonal line through
the image. That Sigma 150mm macro lens is definitely on my wish list.

Well done and TFS.

Ciao Hans, beautiful diagonal composition with elegant damselfly, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, lovely blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Hans,
great, this close-up. You lose so much detail when you want to include tail and wings in the picture. This is also a Damselfly we don't see often, one of the really shiny ones! Thanks for presenting this, Hans.
Best regards

Hi Hans,
one word: P E R F E C T !!!
Nothing can be done better, a wonderful glance, excellent sharpness - excellent, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Hans,

een mooie macro opname van deze libel met goed gezichtsveld.
Erg goede scherpte en detailering.
Dit is toch wel goed macrolensje alhoewel die tegen mijn vr105 nikkor niet tegen op kan alleen al vamnwege vibratie reductie. Zeker allemaal statief werk?
Prachtig kleuren palet.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-05 2:41]

Hallo Hans,
Wat een schitterende foto. In alle opzichten een beauty. Mankeert helemaal niets aan. Scherpte, kleuren, compositie, achtergrond, etc. het is allemaal van grote klasse.
Ik gebruik ook zo goed als nooit een statief. Zit je bewegingsvrijheid ontzettend in de weg.
Fijne Sinterklaas avond,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-05 3:26]

Hola Hans,
magnífica macro,
detalles y tonos magnífico.
gran calidad y realismo.

Hi MF Hans,

A stunning macro capture of a Green Emerald damselfly from wonderful lateral POV with impeccable details and perfect lighting. Great DOF and composition too.
TFS and have a nice saturday MF!
Greetings from cloudy and cold izmir,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-05 3:37]

Hello Hans
Wow! Amazing macro capture...one of the best portrait of damselfly. Excellent details, a top quality image and vivid colors
Regards and have a nice week-and.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-12-05 4:17]

Hello Hans,
this is really a fine picture of the damselfly. The green iridescent surface is optimally exposed
and presented. I enjoy to study the many structural details made visible by your picture.
Besides that, the picture is also well composed also with respect to the background.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Hans. Yes! Just perfect. Intrigant reflections and great light management with stunning detais. Magnificent compo in excellente contrast. Well done.


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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-12-05 5:46]

Hi Hans!
The great macro, the excellent composition, good colours and the very warm background.
I am greeting Slawek

hallo Hans
je zegt wat van mij ,
maar!!kijk is naar deze scherpte
Zo goed en zo mooi is deze weer
super kleuren en mooi licht
een plaatje weer
groetjes lou
ps.ook nog een prettige avond

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-05 7:13]

Hello hans,
Impressive close-up shot with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-05 7:45]

Hello Hans,
Very nice macro,it's very close and well detailed.I liked POV,simple BG,use of light,colors,framing and composition a lot.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Hans,
Outstanding details and focus.
Superb composition and lovely blurred background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-05 15:04]

Hi Hans,the quality of this fantastic green emerald is enough to vote this wonderful macro...fabulous sharpness and details in a very nice composition too.Today 2 points are not enough! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

one of the best macro I've ever seen of Lestes viridis...all the best:
details brightness definition focus.. compliment Hans

ciao sERGIO

Hi Hans.
Excellent details on this macro beautifully sharp and a good background.

Cheers Dave

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