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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D, Pentax 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-14 2:53
Viewed: 3362
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dragonflies in your garden.

Dragonflies are very mobile and appear fast when the circumstances are right
The damselfly for example, might find the way rapidly to your pond!
Dragonflies live of all kinds of flying insects. In a varied, natural garden anything flies round and can be hunt by dragonflies. A pleasant advantage of dragonflies in the garden is that they keep both under and above water the number of mosquitos within the limits. Dragonflies not only come to eat. If you have a pond, with a little luck, dragonflies will reproduce themselves in your garden.
source: www.vlinderstichting.nl

Don't know the exact ID. I think maybe this is a Ischnura pumilio.

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Great moment captured Paula, and that's a mouthful ;-)
I like the POV of the dining action, nice details in this extreme closeup..
Well done!
PS - We have a pond too..Don't forget the pond frogs, they help with the pests also :)

Hallo Paula,

Deze heeft wel heel geringe scherptediepte.
Je moet ervan houden.
Wat scherp is heeft goede details.
Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.
Geef mij je 2 voorgaande platen maar als ik eerlijk ben.


Hello Paula
great close-up of this Damselfly with a prey in his mouth, his head well focused and superbly highlighted against the OOF BG
splendid lighting and colors
Have a good night

Hi Paula,
your damselfly is eating a leaf hopper, something they find close to leaves. That might be the reason why damsel flies often fly in and out of bushes. The only other damsel fly picture on TN that holds a prey is from me :-), maybe you have a look at it: the prey is again a leaf hopper!

For the damsel fly ID, I go along with your proposition, it would then be a immature-mature female (the abdomen is not orange).

My best regards

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