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Ischnura elegans mating

Ischnura elegans mating
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sexy nature, Mating, Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies 2, European Damselflies, Copula of Lepidoptera and Odonata [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-16 11:50
Viewed: 5861
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ischnura elegans / Blue-tailed Damselfly / Grosse Pechlibelle / Lantaarntje / L'Agrion élégant.

On the underside of the abdomen of the female you can see some mites(parasites).

Widespread and common. Flies from May to early September. It is not choosy as to habitat, though it prefers lakes and ponds, being less common on flowing water and in exposed and upland sites. It can also tolerate some salinity. Females occur in a variety of colour forms. Immature females are either form violacea (violet thorax) or form rufescens (reddish-pink thorax). The immature rufescens matures into a form known as rufescens-obsoleta whilst the immature violacea can mature either into the andromorph or into infuscans.

Males of this species are similar to males of the much rarer Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio. However the commoner Blue-tail is a larger insect and the blue on the tail is confined to segment 8, whereas in the Scarce Blue-tail it covers the posterior portion of segment 8 and all of segment 9. The shape of the pronotum also differs, in Ischnura elegans it has a pronounced rectangular-shaped median lobe wheras in I. pumilio the median lobe is gently rounded and much less pronounced.

-males and most females are mainly black with blue confined to segment 8
-pterostigma is long and bicoloured



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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-03-16 11:53]

Great shot! The composition is nice.

Great Shot,
Cood colors,composition and DOF
Very good POV.
Goutham R

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-16 14:21]

Hello Harm,
A very good capture of this mating couple.
Nice detail of both insects,good lighting and a good strong composition.
Great shot.


Hi Harm,
just an amazing moment, I love those damselflies with their mating-wheel very much, realy acrobatic. Remembers me to some of my own shots, perhaps you like to have a look, than click her
Thanks and have a nice evening
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-16 15:37]

Hi Harm,
Fantastic capture!
Excellent composition, great poses and POV,
very sharp and clarity, great colours.
Well done!

Hi Harm, excellent photo and a good shot. These little creature are very difficult to catch as they costantly move and have very good eye sight. Slightly soft in focus, but still very good. Keep shootin!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-17 3:38]

Excellente photo of the mating of this especie of odonata!
Excellent DOF!
Excellent POV!
Very good on details!
Also a very good BG!

very nice colors and good composition. I felt slightly tight frame. But still looks great. DOF is very nice.

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-03-17 11:22]

This is a beautiful composition, one of the best images of this behaviour that I have seen. As with many of your previous posts it would benefit from a little sharpening, but I like this image very much.
Regards, Nigel.

Excellent close up Harm! Great composition, beautiful colors and wonderful details. Thanks for sharing!

Great capture Harm!!! good DOF, well done!!!

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