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Ischnura verticalis

Ischnura verticalis
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Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P32
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-20 22:52
Viewed: 4802
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Orange Damselfly. Name Common: EASTERN FORKTAIL
Name Cientific: Ischnura verticalis

Order Odonata (Fabricius, 1793) -- libélula
Suborder Zygoptera (Selys, 1854) -- damselflies, demoiselles
Family Coenagrionidae -- narrow-winged damselflies
Genus Ischnura (Charpentier, 1840)
Species Ischnura verticalis (Say, 1839)

Eastern Forktail damselfly females have several different color schemes

The female Eastern Forktail occurs in different colors and forms. Immature individuals are orange, as is this one. With age, the orange turns to blue. Apparently this transition happens rather quickly. There is also a female form with a male-like pattern and coloring. This species is known to obtain prey from spider webs.
Me to see this dragonfly and to my to like a lot their attractive color, orange, brilliant with the similar sun to the red one. however when observing it me to notice aggressiveness or their capacity to hunt insects: it is very speedy and their jaws to seem to be very strong and to give big bites, me to see as biting a plant in a very speedy and deep way.

Me to call to her: cannibal damselfly, what is to my to surprise that her to attack those of their same family: 'the biggest fish eats up to the small one.' Her first to bite to another damselfly of clear green color the one which to be hanging in a leaf of the pumpkin plant, I suppose that dead, seconds later, her to catch to this damselfly with red tail that you to see here in the image and me see as her devour it completely, in a surprising way. Me to have seen eat insects, as flies (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/North_America/Mexico/photo1992.htm) but not to somebody of their same family. Today's day to be very sunny but with many insects, I don't believe that she has had necessity to eat somebody of their same family, perhaps to be an I inhabit nutritious.Her to begin to eat at 12:10 o'clock and to finish approximately at 12:26 o'clock.

Me to place in workshop a picture where you to be able to appreciate when her almost to finish eating to the damselfly.



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Nice to see an image from you Ninfa this one is very well observed with some good details, it is good to see how far you photgraphy has improved since you 1st started to post to the Trek sites.
The notes are very good and informative , TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-02-21 3:24]

You're a very good observer Ninfa!Congratulations for your interesting notes and workshop.Good work...TFS

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-21 15:20]

Hi Ninfa, very good capture to get this damselfly eating a relative. Maybe a tiny bit soft in focus. But a great capture nonetheless. Very well done.

Nice to see you back here again.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-27 7:08]

Excelent photo!
Wonderful picture of this small odonata!
Very good colours and details!
Its eating some kind of insect.

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