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beautiful demoiselle

beautiful demoiselle
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-07
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-29 17:40
Viewed: 2286
Points: 32
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Hello all

i have take this shot at the river not far from my house, this year we have not a lot of them so it’s difficult to capture one, i was a bit far and neat a zoom

Beautiful demoiselle

The beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) is a European damselfly. It is often found along fast-flowing waters where it is most at home.


Eggs and larvae
Females lay up to 300 eggs at a time on emergent or floating plants, often on water-crowfoot. Like the banded demoiselle, they often submerge to do so. The eggs hatch after around 14 days. Again, like the banded demoiselle, the larva is stick-like with long legs and develops over a period of two years in submerged vegetation, plant debris or roots. They usually overwinter in mud or slime.
The larvae of the beautiful demoiselle develop over 10 to 12 stages, each of which takes place between a molt. The body length is variable and highly dependent on environmental conditions. The final stage (F-0-stage) larvae are 3.5 to 4.6 millimeters and weigh about 4 milligrams, slightly below the banded demoiselle. Apart from the larvae of the demoiselles are difficult to distinguish from each other, the apparent differences lie mainly in the bristles and the severity of the tracheal gills on their abdomen. Compared to other damselflies demoiselles larvae fall immediately on the other hand, due to their much shorter mean gill lamella.
The body of the larvae shows only a relatively small adjustment to the fast-flowing waters of their habitat. The body is not flattened but very slim and turning around, the legs are long and have its end with strong claws, with which it can be stated in the vegetation. Because they reside within the water body, but mainly in the quieter areas, the danger of being swept with the flow, is relatively low. If this happens, they clearly its long body and legs stretched as far as possible to get in touch with the vegetation or the substrate to come.
The male usually has much more extensive pigmentation on the wings than other Calopteryx species in its range: in the south east of its range (the Balkans and Turkey) the wings are entirely metallic blue while in other areas, there are clear areas at the base and tip of the wing. Immature insects often have much paler, browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes.
The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings (called a pseudopterostigma) and a metallic green body with a bronze tip of the abdomen.
The distribution of the beautiful demoiselle covers all of Europe with the exception of the southwestern Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and Iceland. In the north it extends to the Arctic polar sea, and thus much further north than that of the banded demoiselle. On the North African Mediterranean coast, its southern populations in Morocco and Algeria can be found.[1] The northern boundary in Asia following the 13-°C July isotherm, it is therefore not in the areas where the average temperature in summer below 13 °C falls, otherwise they are met with in temperate and cool regions in the entire continent with the exception of deserts and the mountains of. The eastern subspecies of C. v. japonica found on the Japanese islands is under debate as to whether it is a separate species. The beautiful demoiselle is mostly found in lowland locations. Regular findings come from areas up to a maximum height of 980 m above sea level. Occasionally they may be found up to 1,200 meters in altitude, such as in the Alps.


The habitat that the adults occupy, corresponds to the nearby larval habitat. Unlike the adults of the banded demoiselle you meet those of the beautiful demoiselle but also in forest clearings, but very rarely on the banks of larger ponds. As resting places, the animals need trees and shrubs, often resting on high herbaceous plants such as the large nettle ( Urtica Dioica ). The breeding habitats are similar to the Larval habitat, these are cool, shady water-courses largely with a more or less strong current and near-natural vegetation and bank structure. This is mostly meadow and pasture streams in the area, they rarely pass through the forest. A distinct riparian vegetation also plays a role as a windbreak. Due to their broad wings the beautiful demoiselle can be blown away by the wind more easily than other species of dragonflies.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-29 18:59]

Hello Jacqueline,
Looks like we both decided to present damselflies today. Yours is a real beauty and reminds me of the Ebony Jewelwing damselflies that we have here in Ohio. I love the gorgeous iridescent bluish green colors of it's body, while the very dark blackish blue wings are an added treat. Captured in an attractive pose and showing excellent detail. I like the overall composition with just a few blades of grass and a clean BG. Tac sharp focus and exposure looks great considering you had to deal with full overhead sunlight. Well done!!

Super macro Jacqueline , sharp , very good BG with bright colors.

Well done.

Thanks for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-30 5:16]

Salut Jacqueline.Vraiment parfaicte cette capture,les demoiselles comme celle ci sont toujours difficiles a photographer a cause des terrible reflets metalliques de son bleu,ton image est impressionante et les details sont super! Bonne...nuit ;.) ,Luciano

hallo Jac
great sharpness picture with good composition and nice BG
colours and light are beautiful
thanks gr lou

Hello Jacqueline,

Very beautiful colored Damselfly. Well captured against such nice BG. Very good sharpness and details. Well focus on fly. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,

Ciqo Jacqueline, great macro of elegant damselfly, fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-30 8:42]

Hello Jacqueline,
Excellent sharp detailed macro of this damselfly. Beautiful metallic colours against a nice blurred background. Fine composition.

Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice and colorful specie. The details and focus are excellent despite the distance to the insect.

bonjour Jacqueline,
une photo faite avec élégance et précision.
Bonne netteté, bonne profondeur de champ.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-31 12:51]

Hello Jacqueline,
Wow, that's a great shot of this beautiful damsel. Unbelievable sharpness, great POV and DOF. Good composition too.Regards Sigi

Bonjour Jacqueline

Joli macro de cette insecte, excellent POV et DOF, c'est beau de voir
son ombre sur la végétation ou elle est posée, belle lumière, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-09-01 4:39]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Merci de ta visite chez moi, plaisant de voir que tu es aussi de retour sur TN.
Bel exemplaire de ces magnifiques libellules. Bonne présentation, beau jeu de couleurs.

nice sharpness, great composition, TFS Ori

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-09-07 9:09]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Pretty shot of this the European damselfly ..
Very good sharpness and good light to show well the patterns of the wings.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-09-07 10:50]

Hi Jacqueline,
Nice composition,amazing colors, excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2015-09-14 10:14]

Bonsoir Jacqueline.
Pose,colors,light and background are fantastic.
Merci d'avoir partage.
Avec les meilleurs voeux de Makedoniya,Mishe.

Hello Jacqueline,
A beautiful blue metallic color damselfly. This is a wonderful shot under bright sunlight. Thanks for sharing.

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