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Painted Sprite

Painted Sprite
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies - Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-12 9:52
Viewed: 3925
Points: 50
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Painted Sprite / Pseudagrion hageni tropicanum

An image from my archives which I want to share with you today is the one of this beautiful damselfly called Painted Sprite. I took this image during the weekend I won in a photographic competition 2 years ago. We where spoilt rotten during this weekend and enjoyed 5 star hospitality at the White Elephant Lodge, from the moment we arrived until we left.

This species have been featured once before on Trek Nature in 2004 by Willie Miles.

Average size
Body length 33mm.

Best distinguished by the orange upper lip and eyes. Each wing has a rust-coloured wing spot. The lower face has a broad orange frontal stripe, while a diagonal green stripe runs along the black chest region. The abdomen is dark dorsally and pale yellow. Towards the rear of the abdomen there are unmistakable alternating black and blue dorsal bands (on segments 7-9). A blue ventral spot distinguishes the anal appendage. Females are duller in colour than males.

Habitat and habits
Occurs near bush, woodland, forest and well-shaded streams. May occur in large numbers.

This subspecies is common in South Africa from the Eastern Cape to coastal KwaZulu-Natal and further north. Also found in Botswana, Namibia, most of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. A widespread damselfly, found as far north as equatorial east and west Africa.

Taken from the book: Sasol First Field Guide to Dragonflies of Southern Africa Published by Struik Publishers.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

lousat, Jakkals, cobra112, ramthakur, CeltickRanger, marius-secan, maaciejka, tuslaw, anel, jurek1951, andrzej, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-12 9:55]

Hi Anna,what a spectacular macro and what a beautiful damselfy,i like these colors so rich and different ant the total details from the eyes to the end of tail.My best compliments,have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-03-12 10:11]

Beautiful color and light, excellent sharpness. It is the first time I see this painted stripe. Thank you for sharing it and Congratulation. Un saludo.

Hi Anna,
What a spectacular macro capture with absolute fantastic sharpness and detail. The colours is just beautiful!! Your light balance, POV and DOV is great. Baie goed gedoen buurvrou!!
Best regards,
En ek het nogal gedink my fotos wat ek die naweek geneem het van insekte is mooi/goed. sal maar weer van vooraf moet begin!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-12 10:34]

Hello Anna,
Fascinating macro in great sharpness and details and very beautiful colours. Nice diagonal composition. The red eyes are the eye catchers.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-12 10:38]

Hello Annai,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in very beautiful contrasting colours. Great clarity.
Best regards Siggi

hello Anna
this is a SUPER picture
lovely light good sharpness and beautiful colours
Great shot i like this
greeting lou

Ciao Anna, superb macro of elegant damselfy,fanttastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna,
Very interestingly colored dragonfly. A great composition.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-03-12 11:51]

Hello Anna!
What a beauty! What a so delicated creature! And WHAT A SHOT!!!!Many many congrats dear friend!So, so well done! The colors of the drangonfly are really outstanding! Awesome pic,indeed!Amazing sharpness and great blurring BG.Lovely lighting too!Thanks for sharing
this wonderful photo with us.
Best regards from,

Ciao Anna. Fine details and excellente sharp with brilliant colours. DOF is very good too.


Really Anna, you set a standard here that is very difficult to emulate and it is FABULOUS! Maak my nogal vies, huh...maar "vies" van lekkerte. What a pleasure to view and I wish to commend you on PROPERLY acknowledging the source of your information. Best wishes.

PS: I was only aware of Sasol's bird book and so in making me aware of this publication you are also enriching my life in another way.

Very crisp macro of this Sprite, Anna.
You always do wonders with your compact camera.
The focus is even on the entire long damselfly and the colours are beautiful.
Best regards.

Hello Anna

Excellent macro of this insect, fine POV,
the diagonally framing adding dynamism to the image,
superb focus sharpness and details, TFS


very well taken picture with great sharpness and great colour.

Hello Anna,
Impressive capture with excellent contrast and colors. It is a interesting image taken from a very nice POV. The details and colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Anna,
great photo of this dragonfly. Amazing colours. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-13 19:16]

Hello Anna,
I must admit this is one colorful Damselfly. You have captured it in super fine detail and in an attractive diagonal pose. Your Sony Cybershot DSC H9 sure does a great job on macro images, as evident by this beautiful photo. Great work!!

Hi Anna,
a wonderfull composition with intense colours. Really a beautiful damselfly. Very well done.

Hello Anna
Interesting species and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-16 5:48]

Hello Anna,
Interesting species of Dragonfly from your area, which are most rare on this site.
Well presented shot with good sharpness and with an ideal diagonal composition. Interesting note too.
Kind regards

Hi Anna,
Good dof and beautiful colours and I like the composition with the low position of the dragonfly.

Hello Anna,
Excellent micro shot.very beautiful colors details and light .
Thank you for sharing
Best regards

Hi Anna,
Perfect macro shot,excellent sharpness and clear details,very nice presentation.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-03-31 9:35]

Hello Anna,
I'm surprised you've kept this away from us for so long! It's a beautiful capture of a fantastic damselfly in beautiful colours. Great focus as it sits at the edge of the pretty leaf. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-03 9:04]

Hi Anna.
Thanks to opportunity to watch and comments your nice close-up. I cannot take good damselfly pictured for years. You have did it perfectly. Subject is amazing: leaf and cute creature on it and remote pictorial BG. Diagpnal structure of the image is very pleasant as well as the combination of superbly sharp main subject and nicely blurred BG. Thanks a lot and kind wishes.

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