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Mites on Common Blue Damselfly

Mites on Common Blue Damselfly
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100, Cokin 58mm close-up +4
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-22 17:44
Viewed: 5590
Points: 24
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Well one year on from having had the honnour of posting the 1st image here on TN I thought I would share this one, it was promted by one Jaap (Carper) posted earlier of a mating pair of damselflies both with parasitic mites attached , and I rembered this one I had taken one evening of a male Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum with a few of these mites attached you can see the small dots behind the legs clinging on below the thorax, this aparently is quiet a light load of these little parasite who use the damsel flies as transport to new sites as well as a source of food (Blood) though according to the reading up I have done unless they are there in great numbers they have no effect on the host.
From what little I have managed to find out about them they are also aquatic beasts, living most of their life under water finding a damselfly nymph just before it is read to emerge from the water to transform into the winged adult form and transfer during emergance, there are several species which each have their prefered attachment site , so Jaap's and mine are probably diferent species of mite aswell as different damselflies. Themites go back to the water while the damselflies are in tandem while laying their own eggs usually partially submerged. I know this is not a complete life history but it was all I was able to find out on the net. I hope somebody here will know more about the lifecycle of these wee beasties? so I and update the note to a better level of correctness.
desaturation of the over bright greens
sharpen with USM
save as to save exif data and reduce file size to fit site.

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Very close, Robert. Lots of detail in here.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ****
Focus/sharpness: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Impact: ****

Overall: ****

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Very nice macro, Robert.
It's a bit soft but well composed, nice colours and good POV.
Well done.

he is beautiful Robert,
fantastic crop, good details in it, very good presentation, good in pov and a exelent dof, very good job, and congratiolation for the first year my friend, and thank you for what you did for me.
gr. Jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-23 3:44]

Hello Robert!
Wonderful capture.Clear details,colors,POV and framing are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hi Robert
Great capture, perharps a little less focus
In a friendly way Christophe

  • thymus1 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 1] (693)
  • [2005-07-23 4:04]
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very close...but to much noise..



Hello Robert!
Wonderful macro.Colors,POV,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Close crop Robert showing the parasitic mites very well..
POV: *****
IMPACT: **** OVERALL: ****

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-23 15:54]

Poor damselfly. Very good close-up Robert. Interesting reading and scene. I've never saw damselfly with mites but few times I saw crane flies with this deadly passengers. Good work!

Wow, what a great macro of a damselfly.
Exellent work. I like it very much.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-23 17:21]

Hello Rob,

This is a very nice close up and I like the colors. The picture does look a bit grainy to me. How come? POV is great. Well done & TFS!


Hello Robert! Congratulations on the anniversary of TN. I have seen so many wonderful, incredible pictures since I found this site, thanks so very much!!!
Mites as soon as it hatches, what a rotten way to start it's adult life. Super macro, love the hairy legs and back! Great texture detail. Well done, TFP! Linda

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-28 13:41]

Great shot Robert.
Very well seen and well done.
There is a lot of activities for dragonflies and damselflies right now here. I saw recently many empty 'shells'.
TFS. Have a wonderfull week!

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