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Common Blue-tailed Damselfly (male)

Common Blue-tailed Damselfly (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-03 7:22
Viewed: 2302
Points: 4
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i found this Common Blue-tailed damselfly today, in the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary.

Common Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is basically an European damselfly but can be found all most in all countries within the range from western Europe to Japan.
this damselfly is from the family 'Coenagrionidae', and quite similar to the Scarce Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura pumilio).

Male: adult male Blue-tailed Damselflies have a head and thorax patterned with blue and black. they have a largely black abdomen with very narrow pale markings where each segment joins the next. segment eight, however, is entirely pale blue.

Female: female Blue-tailed Damselflies come in a variety of colour forms, including a pink form, a violet form and a pale green form. purple/violet, pink and green forms are juvenile, with the colour darkening as the damselfly ages. mature female damselflies are usually brown/green, or blue which is an andromorph form.

i believe, the one i have shared here, is a male.
[to be sure, check: http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showimage/6350/]

this species breeds in a wide variety of standing and slow flowing waters. it is very common at eutrophic and mesotrophic sites, but avoids acid waters. it is tolerant of salinity.

popular sub-species:
Ischnura elegans ebneri
Ischnura elegans elegans
Ischnura elegans pontica

information courtesy:

PS: the one that i have shared here is definitely NOT 'pontica'. then what it is? 'elegans'? or 'ebneri'? i need either time, or help.

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hello Ruby
very nice and fresh picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ruby ...I am glad to see you back in stile with this tiny gorgeous damselfly! Thank you for the lovely remarks in the newly posted forum! Makes me think that we can help each other in a different way in this wonderful site. Well, I think that you have managed to capture this creature quite well....good depth and clarity! I think that a more parallel to the body of the insect shot could be even more appealing. Never the less, pleasant capture .... the White Bal......OK, I know ...I know, just you know what ...let me tell you a trick ...the easiest way to determine what is the dominant color cast in an image is to increase the saturation drastically. That is how I start....to analyze my images! In your case the image becomes dramatically bathed in yellow. Then as you know the opposite color of yellow in the color chart is blue ....then add some blue Ruby ...ad a bit of magenta as well, to move away from the green colors. De saturate the image and have a look ...better...right! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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