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Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum)

Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus Pen EPL 1, M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 II R
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-07 21:11
Viewed: 1694
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I didn't know I would take a tiny damselfly picture using a 14-42mm lens! ;p First time! :D

I was near a border of Assabet River National wildlife Refuge, and close to a river. Actually, on a bridge on that river. It was getting dark then.. I was late to reach the place (hence didn't enter the refuge, but was roaming around near that river.) :)

I found many flowers, insects and some damselflies that evening. This damselfly is one of them. There was rays of setting sun on this damsel for a while, which helped this possible I think. I took pictures of insects before, using this cam+lens duo.. but a damselfly was a different thing! :/

Damselfly is a more extended tiny subject than a tiny insect. Hence keeping the entire body in focus becomes difficult. That this damselfly was very calm (and the direct beam of the setting sun falling on it) could've helped! It was windy though, this stem was quite a dancing. :D

And there was no other objects too close to the damsel, also helped to get the DoF.


When I took this shot, I had no idea about the ID. Yes, I had pictured Orange Bluet (how contradictory name, huh?!) ;p before.. but always, I found them on water surface. This one was far above from water surface (on the bushes close to the river).

Orange Bluets are very similar to Florida Bluets (Enallagma pollutum), but range is different I guess.

Orange Bluets are supposed to have long, distinct cerci (as compared to Florida Bluet). But this one (the cerci part) was different. So I thought it could be an immature one. But no. Immature Orange Bluets are bluish, very different. This is an adult, male Orange Bluet.

Hope you enjoy the pic. Happy to share! Thank you for viewing. :)

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Fairly good macro with your equipment, Ruby.
We don't see some species of Odonata hare frequently and this Orange Bluet is one of them. That way, your picture makes a significant contribution to the data base of TN.
Good to see you sharing a picture off and on.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-08 16:10]

Hi Ruby,an excellent capture despite the lens,the sharpness is better on the tail,the head is a bit blurred.A nice damselfly not common and not easy to find,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-09 11:27]

Hello Ruby,
A wonderful shot, especially considering you were using a 14-42MM lens. I would never have guessed the stem was moving in the wind as the image is so sharp. Love the overall composition and the colors are simply beautiful. I love the way the suns rays have illuminated the specimen so nicely, giving it a pretty glow to the wings. Great work!!

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