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Calopteryx virgo

Calopteryx virgo
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-11 2:14
Viewed: 2858
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) is a European damselfly. It is often found among fast-flowing waters.
The male has dark brown-black wingtips with blue veins. Immature insects often have much paler, browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes.
The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings and a metallic green body with a bronze tip of the abdomen.
Eggs and larvae
Females lay up to 300 eggs at a time on emergent or floating plants, often on water-crowfoot. Like the Banded Demoiselle, they often submerge to do so. The eggs hatch after around 14 days. Again, like the Banded Demoiselle, the larva is stick-like with long legs and develops over a period of two years in submerged vegetation, plant debris or roots. They usually overwinter in mud or slime.
Males are territorial, perching in bankside plants and trees. They chase passing insects, often returning to the same perch. Males can stray well away from water, females live away from water unless egg-laying or seeking a mate:

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-11 2:28]

Beautiful image, I love the color green and the jewel like demoiselle, bright colored one among them. Fine composition and soft lighting. tfs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-11 2:37]

Hello Siegfried
Wonderful damselfly capture with vivid colors and excellent details
Thanks for sharing

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-11 3:58]

Slav Sīggī,
very nice macro shot of this dalmselfly from good POV and fine sharpness.TFS and best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-11 3:59]

Hello Siggi,
A very nice capture of a male Banded Demoiselle, Agrion splendens. The composition, colours, sharpness and BG are all great and contribute tyo a high quality image.
Thanks and have a good week MF,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-11 4:17]

Hi Siggi

Lovely macro - you have captured the deatil here superbly - great colour too.

Best wishes


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-11 4:38]

Hi Siegfried,
very ecellen shot in great clarity. The colourcontrast is so good.
Well seen and I like this special species, very unique and this is my first time seeing it.


Hallo Siggi
I personally have not seen one of these beautiful Demoiselle's on the gallery for a long time and it is a intense pleasure looking at your posting of today. The metallic colours captured here is really gorgeous and the combination of royal blue, emerald and a touch of auburn on the thorax is great to look at. The detail of the eyes, the lovely texture of the wings and the spikes on the paws is captured with great clarity. The texture and detail of the leave it is resting on is also delightful to look at. Thanks for sharing, and best regards.

Ciao Siegfried. Intrigant detailņed graphic experiment with the wing's testure. Good light and colours.


Ciao Siggi, elegant damselfly with metallic colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-11 8:18]

Wonderful capture this lovely demoiselle!\
Great colors and details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-11 8:52]

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent photo in very beautiful 'metallic' colours. Great sharpness, composition and POV. Good OOF BG.

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent capture with lovely metallic colours.
Very good sharpness. Lovely composition and background.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-01-11 12:28]

Very fine green colors, very good composition too!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-11 12:36]

Hi Siegfried.

A very nice capture of this Calopteryx.
Very beautiful damselflys, ik like them very much to see.
You put it in a great way on your photo, Very sharp and with very nice colors.

Gr. Hans

hello Siegfried
great pose of this beautiful Demoiselle
good sharpness with good details
greeting lou

Witam Siggi!
Ta wazka jest jedna z najczesciej spotykanych wazek u mnie w okolicy, takze jest to jeden z tych gatunkow, ktorych obserwacja zawsze sprawia mi ogromna przyjemnosc :)
Ladny detal, swiatlo i kolorystyka.
Pozdrawiam z zasniezonej Lodzi!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-11 13:36]

Good evening Siggi,
What a beautiful catch? A very interesting species of insect. It resembles a dragonfly.
Beautiful colors and playing.
Have a pleasant evening,

Excellent shot with beautiful pose...Great details and lights...TFS. Regards, Leyla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-11 15:26]

HI Siggi,a very nice memory of this summer,it's nice to see something to different in these terribles winter days...excellent colors,sharpness and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-11 15:32]

Hi Siggi,

A lovely damselfly taking up most of the leaf. I love the pose and the contrast between the two. Beautiful colors, details and composition.


Hello Siegfried,

another fine image from you from an Damselfly that hesre are on the red list.
Good pov and dof with fine green colours.


Hi MF Siggi,

An expertly taken macro capture of this pretty damselfly from great POV with wonderful clarity, excellent contrasting OFF BG, great DOF and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-12 3:27]

Hello Siggi,
A very beautiful composition with C. virgo sharply in focus. Lovely colours and very sharp details of this beauty. A nice soft background too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Siegfried,
An art picture! is a very beautiful species, photographed on highly concessional terms with a background that enables excellent contrast. Good job!


hello Siegfried
what a wonderful shot of this Banded Demoiselle, she is very clear and sharp,
superb colors and great DOF
thanks for sharing this beauty
have a good night

Sin duda un interesante y bello primer plano de este Odonato con un buen juego de colores del conjunto y diferente formato.

Hello Siegfried, very beautiful image of this demoiselle with wonderful composition and framing.
TFS and regards,

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