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River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)

River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-02 5:14
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Even the most myopic wanderer would have a hard time not noticing this colorful, broadwinged damselfly.

The male jewelwing has an irridescent green thorax and abdomen which can often appear bluish under certain lighting scenarios. The wings are clear except for a black tip that is approximately 1/4 of the wings length. The combination of the wing pattern and the jittery flight makes this species really catch the eye as it flies around.

The females are quite similar to the males with the exception that their thorax and abdomen are more bronze in colour. Also, the tip of their wings are not quite as dark and have a white spot (stigma) on the leading edge of their wings.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-02 5:41]

Hello Derek,
Excellent photo of this damselfly. Splendid colours and fantastic sharpness and details. Taken from a very good POV. Great DOF and blurred BG.

hello Derek
super sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
very nice light to
greeting lou

Ciao Derek, great macro of elegant damselfly, fantastic metallic color, fine details, splendid sharpness and beautiful light, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-02 20:33]

Wow Derek! what a fabulous pic! What great colours and superb sharpness!
An outstanding shot, indeed! Bravo! TFS
Nice sunday!

PS:thanks for visiting my gallery!

Hallo Derek,
a very beautiful macro shot of a male River Jewelwing, superb sharpness with fine details, marvellous colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

Hi Derek,

You're capturing well this beautiful dragonfly by a good macro, well composed and excellent tone/sharpness, so it's impressive and interesting to see the dragonfly slim body of green-black and beautiful wings. And, surrounding green is harmonized well with this dragonfly.


Derek, Great shot of this beautiful damselfly. Outstanding photo. Thanks for commenting on my mallards. Bill

Hi Derek,
I love your damsel. The colors and sharpness is really outstanding. Good DOF. I think this is your best work yet. Well done. Is this a new lens for you?

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