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The copulation Wheel

The copulation Wheel
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Sexy nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-30 13:00
Viewed: 4507
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot of the same two love flies that I posted earlier in the week. These are Blue tailed damselflies (Thanks Paul).

Here are some notes on the copulation wheel, from www.pondcreations.co.uk.
Mating can occur either in flight or at rest and is performed when the female latches onto the males neck from above with the end of her tail, and the male uses the glands at the end of his tail to fertilise her from below. This method is called the copulation wheel as the two bodies effectively create a circle. Once fertilised the female lays her eggs on plants either above or below the water surface, which will in time hatch out as fearsome looking nymphs. These nymphs will inhabit the messy areas usually at the base of the pond, from where they hunt for any creatures that are small enough for them to catch. Dragonfly nymphs can propel themselves through the water for short distances by expelling water through an opening in their abdomen; this is not the case with damselflies.

If you want a detailed explanation....
Here is a link to a page that explains the copulation wheel a lot better than I can!.

Thanks for looking

Runnerduck, extramundi, PDP, AndyB, lglandon, scottevers7, Signal-Womb, red45, flagman, dew77, NINIX, Comandante, Luc, coasties has marked this note useful
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This is fantastic Alan, so clear and crisp.
The bg is stunning.
Excellent detail and sharpness. Great composition.
Well done!

Very nice one to detail your previoous shot. This ones are beautiful without flash, you really had a very good speed with 7.1, the atmosphere is great. Good work.

Simple colors, great shot. TFS

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-30 16:06]

An excellent capture Alan,
Nice sharp detail on both insects which is never easy.
Great colours,composition and DOF.
Great work,well done!


Nice image, colour and textures are good...

Very nice shot.
I will have the chance to do the same one day .... I hope!! :-)
TFS, Laurent

Hi Alan,

An excellent capture! The color and detail are superb. Composition and framing are perfect. The notes explain it well. Great shot to get them doing the wild thing!!


Excellent capture Alan, you are getting very good at these macro. The image is clean, clear and sharp with excellent composition and colour. Good work.

Very nice macro, Alan.
You caught a very good moment wiht good sharpness.
Well composed and nice colours.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-01 3:02]

Nice capture Alan! Detailed and colorfull. Composition is nice but what about vertical frame with less space from left side?

hello:) they are dancing for me:D exellent shot:d amaizing colours and DOF:D as always wonderful :)




A good sharp photo and an interesting note. Well done.

Hello Alan, very nice capture. Always hard to get everything in focus with these couples. Very nice work. I've done a Workshop, just for an alternative view. I hope you like it.


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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-07-01 5:18]

Hi Alan,

Great picture with nice details, very interesting. But... I saw it before. I made the same picture some time ago. here.
Nobody noticed :=[[

Never mind, you did a better job.

When I made mine I didn't understand how it worked. They seem to make a mistake.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-01 6:07]

Wonderful Alan! This is just great. Superb colors (love the metallic shine), razorsharp details, very well composed and great pose and composition. The BG is very, very good aswell. This is great! Well done & TFS!


Hello Alan!
Very cute pair.Lighting,colors,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hi alan!
Amazing moment ;-) Very good details and superb BG!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-01 12:00]

Alan, another very nice shot.

Excellent sharpness and composition. Excellent pov too.


I added your picture to a theme of mine.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-01 16:11]

Amazing capture of this love flies Alan.
Looks like they know about Holly Kamasutra:)
I like the sharpness,colors,dof,pov,focus and BG.TFS
Have a great weekend,

WAouw !!!
j'adore la vue plongeante ! Superbe !

Hello Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-02 3:51]

Hello Alan!
Very nice capture.Colors,lighting,BG and composition are wonderful.excellent work!

Wow... they have all the fun!! Nice work Alan. I love the iridescent colours. Tack sharp as always with awesome OOF BG. Nice work. Thanks.

Hi Alan,
this is so beautiful and with perfect DOF.
I also have been lucky and saw a similar couple like yours. This was so amazing.
We were very lucky to have this great experience seeing life.
Perhaps you are interested at mine - today on TN. Thanks and have a beautiful weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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