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Damselfly 1 - Hoverfly 0

Damselfly 1 - Hoverfly 0
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies, Hoverflies, My personal Dragons and Damselfies, Dragonfly with prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-30 3:34
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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Damselfly 1 - Hoverfly 0

In the scene can be appraised the moment of the capture of a well-known Hoverfly by previous presentations by a Damselfly also already published in precedence.

After much investigation I could identify this species of Hoverfly exactly... Allograpta obliqua (Syrphidae).

Damselfly is of Ischnura genus that I do not surpass 40mm. of length.

You can find other images and more information about Ischnura HERE and the links mentioned in the note of the same one.

Hoverfly Allograpta obliqua (Syrphidae)

Identification:The egg is creamy white, microscopically sculptured, elongate oval, about 0.84 mm in length and 0.25 mm in diameter.

The full-grown larva is 8 to 9 mm in length, 2 mm wide, and about 1.2 mm in height; elongate oval, somewhat flattened on dorsum, the anterior end drawn out to a point when the insect extends itself; integument finely papillose, transversely wrinkled.
The fleshy conical elevations are surmounted with pale spines, colored green, with two narrow whitish longitudinal stripes flanking the dorsal vessel.
Posterior respiratory tubes fused mesad 0.5 mm long, the combined base about 27 mm wide.

The puparium is green; the two whitish larval stripes apparent for a day or two.
As the true pupa inside takes on the black and yellow color of the adult, the color of the puparium changes until all of the green disappears.
The puparium length averages 5.25 mm, width 2.5 mm and height 2.3 mm.
Posterior elevation is very gradual.

The adult is 6 to 7 mm long.
This species may be recognized by the generic characters -- yellow thoracic stripes and abdominal crossbands; on the fourth and fifth segments, four longitudinal, oblique, yellow stripes or spots; and yellow face lacking a complete median stripe.
Eyes of the male are holoptic, those of the female dichoptic.

Other images of this species can be seen in Hoverfly and my reflection, and Hoverfly or Totem

(Translate of Babel Fish)

ellis49, red45, coasties, willie, Crypton, gerhardt, christophe, PDP, extramundi, Luc, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Surprising shot a gradonfly eating an Hoverfly.
Well done.

Great action Ricardo.
I have also dmaselflies with a prey in the mouth,
but not this size. Maybe this damselfly is a "he-man" and only
cath big flies.
Very good composition and colours.
Very good note.
Great work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-30 9:44]

Hoverflies are masters fliers but this one have no luck. Good action shot with pretty composition.

Wonderful catch Ricardo.
Very good details, nice DOF and good composition.
but IMO this is not sharp enough :)

Great one

Hello Ricardo

Incredible detail captured here. The body appears to be an iridescent colour and the transparent wings are fantastic. Excellent DoF. TFS

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-30 11:57]

This is a masterpiece. Great action shot. Straight into my favourites.

tres belle scene RAP, c'est vraiment etrange de voir ca !
Moi qui croyais que les libellule etait de gentilles petites betes !
good job my friend.

Wow! Ricardo, this is an exceptional moment you captured here. Although not tack sharp the colours and the moment as well as a lovely composition makes it special. It's a beautifull damselfly I have not seen this colour before. Great shot.

I do think Paul's gonna be torn between two loves here though.

I thought that the dragonflies are vegetarians, very great shot Ricardo

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-30 14:42]

Wow, if I had a 100 points, you would have had them all for this shot! Perfect.

Thanks for posting this beauty

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-30 15:36]

Great capture Ricardo, very well seen. I'm a fan of both these insects but I feel sorry for that hoverfly. Very well done.

Aunque la agudeza de la foto no es de tus mejores y el reflejo del BG quizas distraiga un poco, la composición, los colores y el momento capturado es excelente, un escena realmente interesante. me sorprende por donde coge a la mosca, justo por el cuello, me recuerda a un gran felino "trincando" a su presa despues de la cacería, a ti no?
Por cierto, la nota inmejorable.

Este esta bonissimo !
Muy nitido excelente enqudramento. Una action dramatica.
E um excelente comentario.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-01 6:03]

Otra bella escena de acción con una composición notable y una nota más que completa.
Gracias Ricardo

Ricardo, Really like this one my friend! Great moment captured..Hey, this damselfly sure has its mouthful!! ;-))

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-07 21:46]

Ricardo, nitidez e ótima composição para um grande momento.

Parabéns por mais esta captura cheia de ação.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-10 4:29]

Great capture all round - you and the damselfly. I love the colours and details. TFS

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