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Small Red Damselfly

Small Red Damselfly
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, 100 macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 0:10
Viewed: 3215
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
They are indeed quite small. I took this picture in quite windy conditions. Sometimes they were hard to find in between the grass, despite the bright red colours.
Next info from wikipedia;

The Small Red Damselfly Ceriagrion tenellum is a small damselfly flying in heathland bogs and streams. It is in the family Coenagrionidae.

Adults are a lot shorter than the Large Red Damselfly, with which it is sometimes confused. In both sexes the thorax is bronze-black on top.

The male has an entirely red abdomen.

The female has a bronze-black abdomen with only the front and back of it red. The dark form melanogastrum has an almost entirely dark abdomen marked with pale segment divisors, the last two of which are reddish. A very rare form, erythrogastrum, resembles the male.

Adults fly low and weakly, rarely going far from breeding waters. Like the Southern Damselfly, which this species sometimes accompanies they rarely fly in any but the warmest and calmest weather conditions. They can, however, be surprisingly inconspicuous, even the males.

Eggs and larvae
It lays elongated eggs in submerged and emergent plants which subsequently hatch after about a month. The larvae are very small, about 1617 mm, and are found in acidic bogs, streams and ponds. They live among debris in bogs and develop after two years.

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Hello Jacob
Excellent capture of this tiny Damselfly,
Great details,lighting and composition,


Very good macro, Jacob.
They are quite small. Difficult to capture in windy conditions.
Your image is sharp though and very well composed...
Well done...overall.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-31 3:10]

Hello Jacob,
Beautiful capture of this little Red Damsel from a nice angle. Great sharpness and lovely colour. Interesting to see how it differs from Pyrrhosoma! Is this common in Holland?
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-31 4:06]

Hi Jacob

This is a truely splendid macro shot!
I'm affrais i never had the chance to see this species yet, but i'm hoping that next spring and early summer i will have more time for photography and travelling and...maybe :)
It's colors are really splendid and complemented well here by the lovely BG.
The details are as sharp as ever and i'm impessed that you've managed to keep the entire damselfly - from head to tail, wings included - in such a perfect focus with only f/5.6. Congratualtions!
The side POV is very nice and the composition created is very pleasing.
The exposure is another exceptional quality of this shot, with well balanced light all across the entire scene.
Great job, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-31 8:46]

perfect sharpness and details,the red on the green make a particular charme at this pic,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-31 23:31]

Hi Jaocb

Great POV with excellent detail and POV.


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