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Calopteryx splendens male

Calopteryx splendens male
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-04-12 8:43
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Calopteryx splendens mingrelica Sélys, 1869. Male
Banded Demoiselle

Calopteryx splendens, is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 millimetres and a hindwing length of up to 36 millimetres .
The males are metallic blue or blue-ish green and have translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. The extent of the male wing colour varies widely individually and geographically. Many subspecies have been based on this variation.
The females have metallic green body and translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip (a pseudopterostigma).
It is a Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and north-western China. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers.

In Cyprus Calopteryx splendens is a common species found along the streams of the Troodos Mountains. The subspecies occurring in Cyprus is Calopteryx splendens mingrelica Sélys, 1869. In this subspecies the male wing colour extents to the wing tip. The androchrome females (with coloured wings) are also very common in Cyprus populations.

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Hello Christodoulos.
You have captured a fine specimen in perfect perch and stunning details. I like the sharpness of the whole body perched pretty on the young shoot. Great capture and thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-12 8:56]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a splendid photo of this Banded Demoiselle. The saturated colours are marvellous and the sharpness is very impressive. Fantastic DOF, POV and composition.

Hello Christodoulos,

An outstanding capture with such striking coloration, details & sharpness. Great POV & TFS.



WOW Christodoulos, what a fantastic capture with excellent detail and POV. Stunning colours. Very well done and tfs.

Wow!What a beauty! Outstanding pic,my friend Chris!
Great sharpness,elegant BG and lovely lighting.So gorgeous job,indeed!
Bravíssimo! TFS
Regards from,

very nice looking Damselfly. fantastic sharpness and colour. well composed picture.

Hi Christodoulos,

Spellbinding macro. No words to describe the crispy-crunchy details with appropriate light & colour. A very nice share.


Ciao Christodoulos. Impressive details and sharp with fabolouse colours. Lovely compo.


Hello, Christodoulos,
lovely picture of this beautiful damselfly with perfect sharpness and great details. I also like the splendid light, the wonderful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid lights and beautiful, colorful details on this photo, TFS!
Regards, Joska

hallo Christodoulos
this is a very nice picture
very good light and great sharpness
the colours and details are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Christodoulos.
Splendida macro di questa stupenda libellula con una grande nitidezza,basta guardare la trasparenza delle ali,eccellenti i colori,molto bella la composizione,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of elegant damselfy on a beautiful lighting BG, fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-12 12:05]

Hi Chris,

This is a gorgeous photo, love the details and highlight of blue on the damselle. Wow, really great sharpness and clarity. The vegetation and background are as beautiful and really enhance the contrast. Good quality, and good composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-12 12:40]

Hello Christodoulos,
so much luck to see such a beautiful damselfly, I love the metallic colour, very well done, thanks.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-12 14:11]

Magnificent capture of one of the most difficult insect to take because the colors changes on the different lights.Great shot whit super details and perfect choice of point of view.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos

Great macro shot with fine POV, the way it is
posed it brings dynamism to the image, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-04-12 22:42]

excellent sharpness and framing. wonderful species of damselfly. great work. tfs.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-04-13 0:11]

Truly beautiful insect, very well captured. Lovely colors and fine details.

All the best,


nice species. nice colors and above all nice shot !

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-13 4:32]

Hello Christodoulos,
I see that in your area dragonflies are already present, here we have to wait quite a while still. A beautiful and striking species which you show in the Cyprian subspecies. Love the color-combination! Fine and pleasant shot as usual.
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-13 5:46]

Beautiful species of damselfly with excellent blue colors, fine composition. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive sharpness and detail captured of this Damselfly. Beautiful diagonal pose with equally beautiful colours. DOF is perfect my friend!!
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-27 3:41]

Hello Christodoulos,
what a wonderful view. The dark blue wings really stood out on the softness of the green background.
Exciting work in sharpness and details.
The lighting is well controlled to give the best effect.


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