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Cought in a spiderweb

Cought in a spiderweb
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-05 6:26
Viewed: 3034
Points: 6
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Common Blue Damselfly male and female cought in a web of Araneus diadematus( Garden Spider.
The male Damselfly succeeded to escape,but the female Damselfly was eaten by the Spider.
You also can see the parasitic mites under the thorax(Body) of both the female and male Common Blue Damselfly.
I hope you enjoy the scenery shown here.

The Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) is a European damselfly.

The species can reach a length of 32 to 35 mm. It is common in all of Europe, except for Iceland.

The Common Blue Damselfly can be easily mistaken for the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), but on the back and the thorax, the Common Blue Damselfly has more blue than black; for the Azure Damselfly it is the other way around. Another difference can be observed when inspecting the side of the thorax. The Common Blue Damselfly has only one small black stripe there, while all other blue damselflies have two.

During mating, the male clamps the female by her neck while she bends her body around to his reproductive organs this is called a mating wheel. The pair flies together over the water and eggs are laid within a suitable plant, just below the surface.

The eggs hatch and the larvae, called nymphs, live in the water. Nymphs climb out of the water up a suitable stem to moult into damselflies.



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Good image that tells the story, sad though it maybe. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-05 10:19]

Hello Harm,
Wondeful and unusual capture.Moment you caught is great.Lighting,POV,note and composition are exclelent.

Hello again!
Another interesting photo from your collection, also from the documentary point of view. I like a lot the composition - two specimens in the spider's web (anyway, it is interesting why male did not leave female!). Moreover, on your picture larvae of water mites (Hydracarica) can be seen (on the thorax of both specimens - just between the legs). Interesting is that in case of Zygopetera water mites prefer thorax or abdomen while in Anisoptera they can be found also on wings (if you like, please compare with my photo of Sympetrum meridionale).
Summarizing, very interesting picture!
Best greetings,

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