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Calopteryx virgo

Calopteryx virgo
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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: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-27 5:30
Viewed: 3701
Points: 12
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Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Calopterygidae
Genus: Calopteryx
Species: C. virgo
Gender: male

The "Beautiful Demoiselle" (Calopteryx virgo) is a European damselfly. It is often found among fast-flowing waters.

The male has dark brown-black wingtips with blue veins. 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 and a metallic green body with a bronze tip of the abdomen.

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.

Males are territorial, perching in bankside plants and trees. They chase passing insects, often returning to the same perch. Males can stray well away from water, females live away from water unless egg-laying or seeking a mate.

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hello Nikos
this is very good
great details and very good sharpness
very nice pose with a good BG.
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Nikos,

Impressive! that great light! I is a very attractive insect, you have handled contrast in a very impressive way. Good work!

These days we are seeing many dragonfly and damselfly in TN! thanks for contributing!

Very good handle of the Canon G9! congratulations!



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-27 6:01]

Hello Nikos
I saw in the last days a competition of dragonfly photos. This is an excellent macro capture.Well done

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-27 11:09]

Hello Nikos.

Splendid capture of this Calopteryx.
Very sharp with nice colors and a nice POV.
Very well done.

Gr. Hans

Geia sou Niko,
Excellent capture of this beautiful male Calopteryx, with amazing details on the wings and unusual low POV. Very well done! Se xairetw,

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  • Nana-S (31)
  • [2010-01-27 18:51]

beautiful insect :)
good sharpnes


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