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Common Pond - damsel

Common Pond - damsel
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-10 23:44
Viewed: 2479
Points: 12
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Pond damsels, also known as narrow-winged damselflies, are the most numerous group of damselflies found in the South Africa. Nearly half of all species of damselfly in the world belong to this one family. Most members of this family are small with a long, slender abdomen.

Narrow-winged damselflies come in a variety of colors, frequently blue, but sometimes red, yellow, green or purple. They usually have clear wings with short stigmas, but in a few species there may be an amber wash to the wing. Pond Damsels grow to an average of 1-2 inches or 25-50 mm long. Most have very colorful eyes, often with distinct "post-ocular spots" that can be used for identification.

Most Pond Damsels do frequent ponds, but many others inhabit lakes, bogs, streams and rivers. A few are very habitat-specific, being found only in coastal ponds or other specialized locations.

Females of many species in this family may have two color forms, or morphs. One morph is the usual tan, olive, or brown that is easily distinguishable from the male's coloration. This is the "heterochromatic" morph. The other morph, called "homochromatic", is very similar to the color of males. Males are often more brightly colored than females.

The Pond Damsel is one of the most common and easily observed types of damselfly. They can be seen perching obliquely or horizontally on low vegetation. They are weak fliers and tend to fly at low heights, making them easy to observe.

The females prefer to lay their eggs in ponds or slow moving water and do so in several ways. Some oviposit while alone in low-lying vegetation, while others oviposit in tandem or with the male guarding from a nearby perch.

The larvae are long and slender. They are usually found clasping onto weeds near the edge of still waters where they ambush their prey. Pond Damsel larvae emerge during the day. They swim towards the shore and generally emerge on shoreline vegetation such as cattails, but will often emerge on rocks or pieces of old wood.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.
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excellent closeup. good clarity and details. tfs.

  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-09-11 5:36]

Hello George,
the slender creature is well visible against the background.
Point of view was optimally selected as all important parts are sharp and clearly visible.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi George,
great photo. Excellent point of view. Great sharpness. Amazing composition at all.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello George,
Coming from you, is a photo "strangely calm" :) ... But is undeniable that it is ideal to appreciate every detail of this species ... I've always drawn the attention these damselflies wit always open wings, here we have few species of this genus (Lestes, I think). This insect in your photo looks like a individual of Lestes pallidus. But I do not know very well the species from S. Africa, obviously! ... Greetings and good week!

Hello George,
beautifull capture from an excellent POV, amazing colors and sharpness, great BG, well done,
TFS, regards,

Hello George,
A very interesting capture of a lovely species of insect.
Nice colors, details and perfect focus as usual.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo George,
a very beautiful macro shot, very good sharpness and colours, excellent point of view and composition
Besty regards

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-11 14:06]

Bonsoir George,
Une très belle macor aux jolies couleurs.

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-11 15:09]

Hi George,another fantastic capture my friend,it's always a great spectacle see your pic,magnificent damselfy and fabulous sharpness and light balance!!Have a nice week and thanks for this gift,Luciano

Hi George,
Wow a great damsel. Perfect focus on the eyes. Great dark backgroud. Is this a spread-wing? I like it and well done.

  • paolo49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 63 N: 888] (6200)
  • [2011-09-12 2:13]

Hello George.
another Impressive photo! The composition is excellent, the colours are fantastic and the sharpness is spectacular.

who needs clarity on the wings when you get the DANG EYEBALLS SO prickly PERFECT.........wow yeah RAW!! : )

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-25 19:00]

Hello George,
A really attractive image of this little tan colored damselfly. The focus is tac sharp and the detail is superb. You can even see a slight variation in the color of it's eyeballs. The top half is a little tanish red and the bottom half is white.
I also like the way it's body runs diagonally across the entire image, and the light green leaves in the BG frame it nicely. Awesome photo!!

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