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Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-17 1:34
Viewed: 1370
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is an Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and north-western China.
This is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 millimetres (1.9 in) and a hindwing length of up to 36 millimetres (1.4 in).
The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown. The body can be a metallic blue or blue-ish green.
The dark wing patch of the male starts at the nodus (the slight dip midway down the upper edge of the wing) but can reach up to the wing-tip in southern races.[2] In the very similar species C. virgo (Beautiful Demoiselle), the dark starts before the nodus.
The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip (a pseudopterostigma), and a metallic green body.
Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in a wide variety of emergent or floating plants, sometimes even submerging to do so.
The eggs hatch after 14 days. The larvae have very long legs and are stick-shaped. They develop over two years, usually. They tolerate muddy water and overwinter buried in mud. When they are ready to moult into an adult, they climb up a suitable reed or plant and shed their skin.
Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found in lush bankside plants and on floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found in canals and quiet rivers with muddy bottoms located in open Country.

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很漂亮的蜻蜓 照的很清晰 翅膀很亮麗及透明
構圖美麗 背景深遂無窮

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-17 7:03]

Beautiful species and good colors and lighting. tfs.

Hello Siegfried,
I would like to say that,an outstanding wide display of a beautiful macro world.Amazing depth,PoV and its perspective.

Czesc Siggi,
swietne makro. Bardzo dobra ostrosc. Super kompozycja. Ladne naturalne kolory.
Udanego wieczoru,

Hello Mr.Siegfried,
Beautiful coloured Damselfly.Well captured.Nice POV with good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-17 10:09]

Hi Siegfried,
Excellent macro shot, amazing colors and nice composition. Fantastic sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

hallo Siegfried
super good composition with beautiful colours and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely damselfly, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful metallic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Siggi,
Very well composed and focused with superb clarity and fine details plus gorgeous natural colours. Very well done, my friend, and have a nice day!

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