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Epallage fatime

Epallage fatime
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2010-07-14 10:16
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This pretty and rare damselfly (zygopterae), but with a look of dragonfly (anisopterae) was not easy to capture. I saw it in a mountain spring, in a pine wood, with much shadow. Finally, I went down into the spring to find the best light.

Epallage fatime (Charpentier, 1840)
Family: Euphaeidae
Synonyms: Agrion fatime Charpentier, 1840
Common names: Odalisque [En], Blaue Orientjungfer [Nl], Odalisque pruineuse [Fr]

Total body length 45-51 mm. Length of hindwing 35-37.5 mm. Eyes relatively small, hemispherical, distant, situated on the side of the head. Wings equally shaped, densely reticulated, with wholly transparent membrane except for the wingtips; the latters marked by a brown half-moon spot.
Sexual dimorphism in body coloration. Male: Thorax olive-green; abdomen from black to olive-green, covered by a blue-greyish dust-like film. Female: Thorax yellow-brown, with black strips; abdominal segments each with a broad black dorsal strip, divided medially by a yellow line, also powdered in blue-grey. Abdomen of both male and female relatively slender, slightly flattened dorsoventrally, nearly cylindrical.

Distribution: The only representative of the Oriental family, occurring in the south of the Iranian-Turanian subregion and the east of the Mediterranean subregion of the Palearctic - the European part of Turkey, south-eastern Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia.
Habitat: Small currents of the plain and hilly land.
Biology: Larvae typically rheophilous, inhabiting small torrents with stony-sandy bottoms. Both larva and adult predators. Adults emerge in June. Life-cycle biannual. Imagines relatively good fliers.

IUCN Status: World level: NE, Black Sea Regional level: DD, Subregion level: VU
It is a rare species with localized populations, which indirectly increases its vulnerability.
This rare dragonfly is also threatened as a result of uncontrolled collecting by unauthorized amateur-entomologists.
Conservation measures proposed: Inclusion of Epallage fatime in the World List of Rare and Endangered Species.

Grid/Unep, K.Kumanski

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bonjour Catherine
Un très beau portrait, finesse, et pureté : un vrai réussite
merci amicalement

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-14 10:26]

Splendid photo, TFS!

Fantastic shot Catherine
Excellent POV pose and composition
Perfect sharp details and lovely colors

TFS Thijs

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-14 11:45]

Hello Catherine,
A wonderful capture of this interesting Damselfly in a beautiful pose. Excellent focus on the eye, great sharpness and beautiful colours against a lovely background! Unusual to see dark wingtips on a Damselfly!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

Hello Cathere,

what an almost perfect picture.
Maybe a little more dof at end of the body.
Well done.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-07-14 12:34]

Hello Catherine
Perfect macro and presentation.
Thanks fro sharing

hello Catherine
super good specie who you not so many see
this is a nice pose with great detauls and beautiful colours
very good BG.
greeting lou

Hi dear:)

If i were you:) i could swim in the spring:) even it so cold for me! hehe... This is realy flawless looking macro capture of this lovely d-fly which i also captured it at the same time:) face to face with you:) hehe..
Jordan and Syria really too hot! The temprature was 46-47 oC under shadow! Impressive job My!
TFS and have a nice night!
Greetings from Samaan Citadel!


hello catherine, fantastic, thanks a lot, and have a nice week...
best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-14 14:01]

Hello Catherine!

I've never seen this specie in my life. Beautifull. I like its eyes, light stripe on body and dark tips of wings. Perfect composition and brownish colours of BG. Congratulations for capturing this rare insect.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-14 14:36]

Slav Catherîne,
What a sharp macro shot in splendid light,colors and excellent details.Wonderful composition.TFS.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-07-14 15:22]

Bonsoir Catherine,

Superbe shot and excellente macro, de magnifique détails et très belle netteté.
Le POV vertical est bien choisis, j'aime les détails des ailes.
Félicitations, TFS.
Une bonne soirée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-07-14 23:37]

Hi Cathrine

This is indeed Beautiful!!
I never got the chance to see a damselfly from the Epallage genus, but i'm sure that it will be a special moment - just as it was for you.
This species is, simply put, gorgeous - with its shape, lines, colors and natural contrast - it stands out so beautiful on her own. Aside that, you also managed to "place" it on a great, uniform BG that sets it off even better.
The lighting is great, the composition terrific and the presentation, top class.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Catherine

I guess this is a first on TN, certainly new for me. A good capture and a handsome, well marked species. good composition and sharpness.


Ciao Catherine. TFS this damselfly, unknown to me! Stunnign details and amazing compo in an intersting diagonal compo.


Hi Catherine,
I start to look up your Turkey treasures--really impressive! You did an excellent job technically, but on the entomology side (note!) too. I have a hard time with ID from Turkish specimens. Thanks for this one, Catherine.
Best regards

Hi Catherine,
netlik mükemmel,
detaylar nefis,
her yönüyle çok şirin.
En güzel dileklerimle,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-15 15:56]

Salut Catherine,hier j'ai fait une vrai guerre avec ces maudites demoiselles en cherchant de faire des belles photos...mais sans un resultat suffisant.Pour ca je suis etonne' de la beaute' de ta photo,tu es alle' tres proche,details magnifiques pour comprendre les dessins des ailes et du corp...mes plus gros compliments et bon Vendredi...Luciano.

amazing vertical capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-16 6:41]

Hello Catherine,
Very beautiful photo in fantastic sharpness and details. Beautiful colours great contrasting against the OOF BG. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2010-07-16 8:58]

Hi Catherine
Great closeup of this damselfly
Great color, sharpness and background


ciao Catherine!
pov non dei piu' semplici,dove la lente ha
lavorato molto bene perdendo solo la parte terminale delle ali e del torace
la specie e' decisamente bella e mai vista
prima d'ora e la macro con questo Bg neutro
la rende un gioiellino a ricordo del tuo viaggio in Turchia

grazie buon w.end sERGIO

Hello Catherine, super macro shot of this two beautiful dragonfly with nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Catherine, I really like this shot of the damselfly. Good job. Thanks for commenting on my green heron. I appreciate it. Have a great week, Bill

Great shot of this damselfly heading downward. Incredible detail - and colors are so complementary. I love these creatures and never tire of photographing them, but have nothing spectacular yet :) Thanks for sharing this!

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