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Platycnemis Pennipes

Platycnemis Pennipes
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Copyright: Ka Lis (avallaunius) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 8 N: 44] (230)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 23:49
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Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Platycnemididae
Genus: Platycnemis
Species: Platycnemis pennipes
Gender: Male

The White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) is a damselfly of slow-flowing, muddy waters. It is much more restricted in range than the Banded Demoiselle which it invariably accompanies.


Mature adults differ from most other blue damselflies in having expanded white edges to the tibiae, paired black markings down most of the abdomen, broad pale brown antehumeral stripes and a pale brown pterostigmata.

The male has a blue abdomen that is often pale and usually has a greenish thorax.

The female is a very pale yellow-green colour with black markings.


This species favours unshaded slow-flowing sections of muddy rivers with abundant floating vegetation. it has been recorded in tidal rivers and the larvae seem well able to tolerate brackish water. It also occurs in muddy streams but is rare in lakes or ponds of any sort.

Mating is preceded by the male displaying his white legs. Elongated eggs are laid whilst in tandem, into emergent stems and especially the underside of floating leaves. The larvae live amongst bottom debris and emerge after two years.


After emerging, adults tend to congregate in the shelter of tall vegetation, although some immatures wander away from water and have been found five kilometres away from the nearest breeding site.


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  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-08-24 23:56]

Impresionante acercamiento Nikos, y más teniendo en cuenta el pequeño tamaño en anchura de este insecto. Original y efectiva pose y encuadre con unos colores muy fieles.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hi, Nikos,

wow, great capture with very attractive eyes and colours. thanks for sharing this beauty.

Man Yee

Kalimera Niko,

Nice macro shot! I like its smile!

bonjour nikos
tres jolies couleurs et superbe netteté sur la tête de ce petit agrion.j'aime beaucoup ce pov qui donne l'impression que le sujet est tres long.

hello Nikos
very nice macro
i like this foto
with the bleu eyes
greeting lou

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