Epallage fatime (female)
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|It took me quite a while to identify this one. Its posture, wing colors and body colors all indicate different species. Identification and following note is made possible by http://www.libellen.nl/europa/|
Epallage fatime is a large damselfly species, that looks and behaves a bit like Calopterigidae. It's not a member of that family though, in fact it's a member of the family Euphaeidae (and the only member of that family found in Europe). When at rest, the wings are kept (slightly but not totally) spread, like those of Lestidae. There's a lot of variation in the amount of black in the wing tips: some individuals only have vague brown wing tips, others have almost entirely dark wings. Rare in Europe, abundant on clean mountain brooklets in Turkey. Adult males are pruinose, teneral males aren't.
The larvae of this species are also very special: instead of petal-shaped gills, they have gills that look like small balloons. The larvae are found underneath stones in clear brooklets.
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really beautiful photo of this dragonfly. Many details. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2012-07-25 12:05]
Interesting to know that damselfly. Great sharpness, exposure, and color contrast. Also congratulations for your damselfly.Best regards Siggi
Lovely damselfly. Please see my treatment of your photo in the WS.
All the best,