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Male Ebony Jewelwing

Male Ebony Jewelwing
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-21 1:28
Viewed: 3519
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My last post was a female ebony jewelwing damselfly - this is the male, taken two minutes later. The males were a bit more difficult to approach.
Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along the body when at rest. Damselflies are also usually smaller, and weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated.
The Ebony Jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata, is a broad wing damselfly so named for the blue iridescence of the male's black wings (maculata means stain, mark, spot). This damsel prefers wooded wetland clearings and lays its eggs most commonly in slow shaded streams. The female oviposits alone in submerged vegetation while the male guards her; he may even guard multiple females. Ebony Jewelwings are “perchers”, spending a fair amount of time perching on vegetation.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-21 2:10]

Hi Greg!
Very nice picture. I like colours, composition with big leaf and detailed, shinning body of damselfly. Nice macro!

  • Great 
  • jl1972 (527)
  • [2006-06-21 2:11]

Good detail, and colorful.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-21 2:16]

Hi Greg,
Beautiful shot with excellent POV and very sharp detail. Well blurred BG emphasizes the sharp detail of the subject.
Well captured

Great capture, Greg!!!

Hi Greg,

I really like this picture. The composition, focus and DOF is perfect. I feel that it is slight UE on the wing, but it may be my monitor. Well done.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-21 6:19]

Very good shot of this odonata!
Didn't knew it.
Very good POV and colours!

Good result.
Good sharpness of this lovely damsel.
Good POV and DOF.

Excellent shot against a rich green BG, Greg.
Great POV, DOF and colours.
Well done and TFS.

Really cool capture of this damselfly the metalic on the animals are incredible. Nicely done Greg. :)

Hi Greg,
This has beautiful saturated colors and excellent detail. So many amazing shades of green here. Flawless composition and framing. This looks great!

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