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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: 2011-05
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-07 2:17
Viewed: 1838
Points: 38
[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.
IdentificationThis 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.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.
Eggs and larvae
Larva of C. splendensFemales 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.
BehaviourMales 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.
Natural habitat areasThe Banded Demoiselle is an Eurasian species, and is present throughout Eurasia from the Atlantic coast to Lake Baikal and north-western China.[2] The Demoiselle is found in Taganay and Zyuratkul National Parks of Russia.[4] They also live in National park of Fru¹ka Gora in Serbia. They are found throughout the British Isles, except for the Scottish Highlands.
StatusThe Banded Demoiselle is listed as protected in the Red Book of Chelyabinsk Oblast.

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Ciao Siegfried. Interesting hight POV here and excellent sharp. amazing light.


Witaj Siggi,
wspaniały owad. Fotografia w pięknej zielonej tonacji. Ważka ma niesamowite oczy - wielkie i błyszczące. Świetne kolejne makro w Twoim stylu.
Pozdrowieni - Sławek

Hello Siggi,
I have been looking for Demoiselle around my place and only encountered once close to it so far. This is one great capture with broad wings and sharp details. Love the tone and framing too.
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-07 5:49]

Fine image of beautiful species of damselfly, very colorful image. tfs.

Ciao Siggi, superb macro of lovely danselfy, fine details, splendid sharpness and fantastic metallic colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Siegfried.
Bellissima foto.Ottini dettagli di questa libellula come al solito una trasparenza eccezionale delle ali, stupendi i colori,ottima la composizione
Ciao Marco.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-07 6:44]

Hello Siggi,
A photo in very beautiful matching colours. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Taken from a good POV.

Hello Siggi
A super close-up.Perfect background and detail.Very nice colours.The wings are prfectly focused and all the vening can clearly be seen.
Have a nice weekend!

this type of Demoiselle I never found in our area. a very pleasant blurry green Bg and a optimum sharp image is very attractive looking.
thank you for share this beautiful image.

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

Very nice setting for the demoiselle with matching colours. Good point of view, and excellent detail. The metalic colours are nicely caught.
regards yiannis

Czesc Siggi,
kolejna ladna wazka z bliska :) Super kolory. Dobra ostrosc i kompozycja.
Udanej dalszej czesci weekendu :)

Hello Siggi,
The metallic body of this damselfly is eye catching. Sharp focus and the exposure is on the spot. Nice pov. Very well done and TFS,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-07 15:49]

Hi Siggi,excellent capture from an original point of view and magic quality of the metallic green of this damselfy.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Siggi
Beautiful photo with good composition wonderful green colours and very good sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-08 5:55]

Hello Siggi,
A very fine capture of the female C. splendens. The POV is great and shows her features with excellent sharpness, lighting and natural colours against a fine clean BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hallo Siggi
A beautiful image of an insect that will always tickle my fancy. The Banded Demoiselle is very photogenic and your image proofs this well. I like the variety of greens in the image, the natural sunlight and the angle in which you captured the Demoiselle. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Siegfried,
Another masterpiece with explicit sharpness and details. The light balance, pose, POV, DOF and colours are fantastic. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

Siegfried, this is a great shot of this damselfly. Excellent sharpness and detail. Bill

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