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Damselfly


Damselfly
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Copyright: Jose Luis Cernadas (zumoduvas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 389 W: 0 N: 69] (2535)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung Pro 815
Exposure: f/4
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insectos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-27 12:38
Viewed: 2828
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) are insects in the order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be distinguished by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along, and parallel to, the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hindwing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the forewing, while the hindwing of the dragonfly broadens near the base. Damselflies are also usually smaller than dragonflies and weaker fliers in comparison, and their eyes are separated.

Damselflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis, with an aquatic nymph stage. The female lays eggs in water, sometimes in underwater vegetation, or high in trees in bromeliads and other water-filled cavities. Nymphs are carnivorous, feeding on daphnia, mosquito larvae, and various other small aquatic organisms, using extendable jaws similar to those of the dragonfly nymph. The gills of damselfly nymphs are large and external, resembling three fins at the end of the abdomen. After moulting several times, the winged adult emerges and eats flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects. Some of the larger tropical species are known to feed on spiders, hovering near the web and plucking the spider from its nest.

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Ciao Jose.
Eccellente macro con una ottima gestione della luce,bene la nitidezza con notevoli dettagli,belli i colori nelle loro varie sfumature ,complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hi Jose Luis Cernadas
this image has been cropped to heavily I think and as a result, the grain of the images is visible and the detail of the Damselfly body quite afflicted!On top of that I feel that the colors has been outraged considerably!
Very tight crop and too strong contrast as well!
Please, try a bit harder next time! Greetings from South Africa!
George Veltchev

hi Jose,
this is a broad-winged damselfly, i.e., from the family 'Calopterygidae'. the exact ID of this particular damselfly is, i think, 'Calopteryx maculata' ...
i have some weakness for this type of damselflies :)
nice to see one here today. but quality-wise the photograph is not so good. not doing justice to its beauty. anyway, a better one on next time :)
Ruby

tight composition. great clarity and contrast. tfs.

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