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black dragon

black dragon
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Copyright: Mn Gl (marjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3)
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 6:58
Viewed: 3629
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
today I tested my new lence , not for macro but for landscape, This is something just came to me . In second I shoted and this is result. Not so cleare but ...
I think it is black dragonfly but I am no shure. Help is welcome.
Ula ,(uleko ) told me ID. It is Calopteryx virgo
thanks ula.Identification

The male has dark brown-black wingtips with blue veins. Immature 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 at the abdomen.

[edit] Eggs and larvae

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. Also 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.

[edit] Behaviour
Male juvenile imago of Calopteryx virgo. The metallic blue wing color develops with age.
Male juvenile imago of Calopteryx virgo. The metallic blue wing color develops with age.

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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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-11 7:04]

Hello Marjan,
Very fine unusual capture of this damselfly, Calopteryx virgo. I like its pose and the shadow on the ground. Excellent sharpness and fine colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Marjan,
a nice picture of a damselfly.
Nice pose, good sharpness and fine details.
Well done, mf.

Hi Marjan, lovely Calopterix with great details and excellent sharpness, I like shadow on the ground, very well done, ciao Silvio

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