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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragonfly with prey, Cannibalism (or almost), The predator with the Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-24 6:04
Viewed: 5783
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A few days ago i wnt to check up on my little dragon and damselflies and i was very interested to find this:

What you see here, if identified them correctly, is an Ischnura elegans (a "B-type" coloration) having a snack on an Ischnura pumilio.

Cannibalism...well not really...they are not exactly the same species, but not far from it anyway :)

I also added another photo in a workshop, with a wider view on the two.

I hope i identified the species well, but i could be wrong due to my color problems ;) Any help or opinion would be highly welcomed.

Hope you'll like them and thanks for stopping by :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +2
Focal Length: 432mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/150 sec.
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Exposure Bias: -1.33
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 10 AM
Weather conditions: sunny

Adanac, cedryk, Nephrotome2, JORAPAVI, Alex99, Jamesp, Juyona, cicindela, Luis52, saeedabbasi, pablominto, fiyo, shirgold, thor68, mikou, Debz, SkyF, extramundi has marked this note useful
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To shirgold: IDhoria 1 04-25 12:22
To claudine: thanks :)horia 1 04-25 07:57
To cosmln: determinarehoria 1 04-24 17:08
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-24 6:16]

Hello Horia,
Both this and the workshop are superb images capture with great camera work, thanks for sharing and the informative note.

Hello Horia,
That's a cool portrait of a predator. They look so harmless and peaceful but in fact they are voracious killers :-)
Technically very good, composition also of top class!
Best greetings and TFS my Friend!

did you mean "Ischnura pumilio
" instead of "Ischura pumilio"?
I've just went googling and learnt it is very close and difficult to recognise from elegans. Almost cannibalism indeed.
I was wondering why is the prey so white. Do you think it just came out of its exovia, or is there any pale kind?
Shot itself is terrific and technically perfect.
Good note.

Amazing capture of this animal. Excellent sharpness on this colourful portrait.
Best wishes,

Hola Horia,
Excelente y oportuna captura, la nitidez es muy buena y el detalle tremendo, Esta sí que es una buena captura. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-24 7:21]

Hello Horia,
according to the size it could very well be an I. pumulio (at least the eaten one). I think it just met the big wide world and then realised she needed a tougher jacket. It's hard to be sure on the right ID.
What it particularly nice is the moment you captured. Pure nature, with eating and being eaten. Great one....

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-24 7:44]

Hi Horia,
Excellent approach, pov and scene. Awesome details!
TFS, José M.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-24 7:49]

hi Horia,
fantastique macro, la réalisation est parfaitement executée, le moment ne devait pas être manqué. Très grande qualité.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-24 7:52]

Hi Horia.
What a perfect shot of this dramatic scene. Great godsend for any photographer. You managed to use this situation perfectly. Both shots are perfect. In original shot I am impressed with nice clear and rich colour, razor sharpness and largest DOF. Shot is composed extremely well too. Bravo and my best wishes.

Salut Horia,
Super moment ai prins. Imi plac detaliile si actiunea. Super DOF si culori excelente.

Hi Horia,
Maybe it is just a physical therapy session;-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-24 10:29]

Hi Horia

'Spot-on' shot here. The focus, point of view and colours are terrific.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-24 10:32]

Hola Horia,
una captura excelente,
nitidez y detalles magníficos,
buen pov. y la iluminación es buena.

bonjour horia
eh bien cela n'est pas commun,mais c'est excellent!moi j'etais heureux avec mon araignée et sa demoiselle et je pense que vous devez l'etre aussi.

Hello Horia!
Great shot! I observed this kind of "interaction" between other Odonata species, but always it was dragonly-damselfy interaction.
Very nice close-up with good details and colour.
I also see that the "Guide" is really useful for you ;>
Best greetings,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-24 11:11]

selam Horia; very nice and so close up capture at right moment of this dragon. very nice eye contact and action while its eating, good POV and BG with nice colours TFS

Hi Horia,
This marvelous shot and with high quality as always. I have pictures of the same action Here and Here and Here. There are noise in these pictures. At that time I do not have idea what noise is :)

Hello Horia
Wonderful shot of this cannibalism,
Perfect lighting and sharpness,
Superb shot.Check my First Shot
with Cannibal Title :-)




faina actiune.
legat de determinari: femela de elegans este de tipul B daca tot vrei sa folosesti asa ceva. se vad foarte evident benzile antehumerale si culoarea verzuie. cea mancata, tot o femela cred ca este Coenagrion puella. nu pot sa fiu sigur 100%.


Hi Horia,
that's spectacular!
I never saw such a moment - unbeleavable - they eat each other - and I thought they are so friendly ;-)
Thanks, excellent sharpness and the perfect moment (exept for the white damsel!)
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Necipp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1110 W: 15 N: 21] (100)
  • [2007-04-24 17:02]

Hello Horia, a wonderfully detailed shot good angle and dof nice focus good good workshop shot also tfs rgds Necip ;-)L

salut Horia,
Superba imaginea,sincer o prefer pe cea din workshop,imi place mult compozitia .Am intalnit si eu situatia asta de "canibalism" aici in Canada.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-24 22:15]

Hello Horia

The circle of life.A very good close up capture.The focus and details are sharp.Very good colour saturation.Very good use of lighting and contrast.The BG is super.TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-24 23:25]

Hola Horia.- Un Macro muy interesante dado su contenido. Bellos colores y gran nitidez. Tu nota es muy buena. Luis52.

Hi dear Horia ,
great focus and interesting shot.
very good BG,
It is wonderful.
thanks for sharing

Hello Horia,
An interesting drama is captured accurately!
Macro work is well done, DOF spot on point of interest...
Well composed image with good natural colours, strong diagoinal and good light!
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-25 2:26]

Hello Horia,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS..

Hello Horia,
This is strange... I didn't think that similar specie could have this behavior; nature always surprises me. This is a very nice macro with excellent details, beautiful lightning and composition. I like this DOF with great BG too. Your pictures is WS are often so interesting that they sometimes make me wonder which one I prefer ;) Thanks,

Hi Horia, you take a great moment, amazing shoot with great details and excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Horia,
It's a fascinating image - I am impressed how you can identify these species. Do you have any good resource on the web to help with finding IDs of insects?
TFS - Shir

amazing macro-shot, horia! :-)
superb details and composition on the one d-fly eating the other.
looks like i have to go and visit the lakes in the area to see if the d-flies are flying around here, too.
i like the WS-shot even a little better as it shows both d-flies in whole.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-04-26 13:27]

Great shot. the details are excellent and POV simply stunning. the WS adds that nice extra touch to the picture.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-26 14:55]

Hi Horia

Great shot, slightly revolting, but great :) Excellent POV, perfect focus and nice DOF



Hello Horia

great capture!you manage to grasp all the drama on insect world and dragonflies are fearless predators!
best regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-27 8:59]

Superb two pictures,Horia.
Great capture of this moment.I like fine sharp details and beautiful composition with amazing colors.Excellent your macro work.Thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-27 14:01]

Hello Horia,
It borders on canabalims, very interesting I did not know that they ate other species. Grea shot, the POV is very interesting and you details are perfectly sharp.

Hi Horia,
I am far from an expert on these animals, But I am sure that somebody will, or already has tell (told) you if you are correct or not. Anyway, the moment is really awesome. I didn't even knew that they would eat thier closely related cousins. A wonderful detailed photo where you knowledge of the area surely paid off.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-06 5:23]

HI Horia!
What a dramatic scene, great capture and perfect details, I especially like well managed DOF and neutral dark BG, well done!

Wow, fantastic capture Horia. Very composed shot with tremendous details and strong colour. Having viewed the WS I even like it better. Excellent work..

Damsel heads are tricky, and in any photo is clearly seen if the focus & exposure are good or not. This one is clear and detailed, no doubth. Excellent subjects for a strong action shot. Lovely POV too. Thanks very much, MF.

Hello Horia,
Unique image, your lucky to portrait such moment; details and focus are very good as well as POv, only a bit overexposed the dead insect, but´s a minor problem.
best regards

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