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Blue-ringed Dancer (female)

Blue-ringed Dancer (female)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-07-12 22:40
Viewed: 2088
Points: 12
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when i had posted the male of this species (my previous post), i had no photograph of the female in my stock. met this beauty just today!! and as a result, once again, am able to keep one male and one female of the same species side by side in my gallery.

luck? :)

after much study, lots of confusion and confusion related analysis.. i believe.. this is a female Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula).

now why i had difficulty in recognizing this damselfly..

reason ONE.
this damselfly looks a bit similar to the female of Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis). had to study a lot to distinguish them.

reason TWO.
as if the above problem was not enough! in addition (when i found this female damselfly), there was a male Blue-fronted Dancer very near to her! enough to create puzzle. and since a male species was there, i was quite sure that this damselfly was his partner only.
but i was wrong.
here i would like to mention one incident. after some time, the male damselfly started flying and then poked the female. the female then started flying in a disturbed manner... for few seconds... and landed back on her place. she, as if had no interest in that male damselfly. and the male too had vanished without trying further interactions.
but still i was sure that this female was his partner only. seems i was wrong.

if we study the available and reliable photographs of Blue-fronted Damselflies (Argia apicalis), we will find a similarity in the structure of thorax and abdomen.. in case of male and female, both. only the colour varies.
that pattern is missing here.

along with many more photographs, this particular photograph of a mating pair of Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula) and the similarity with the damselfly i found today, a confirms the species.

remember what i had quoted in my previous note?
females of this species are "more difficult to identify" than male.


NOTE: i am no expert in this field. and hence i may be wrong in identifying this damselfly. in that case, i too would appreciate the truth..

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excellent angle, sharpness and contrast. good background. tfs.

hello Ruby
very nice picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi dear Ruby!
How are You?
Beautiful capture.Great POV and excellent composition.Lovely colours,light and details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Hello Ruby,
I see you are becoming a real pro at photographing insects, I especially liked your post of the Eastern Amberwing. This little female is again shown very well and in an attractive composition. I find it interesting that just like most birds, the male and female can be two totally different colors, as shown here and also in your previous post.
I also like the way you are researching your subjects in order to correctly identify them. I have taken a number of photos over the years that I haven't posted, just because I could not find the ID. I can easily spend an hour just looking at guide books or internet photos in order to ID a subject.
Hope you don't mind, but I just had to try a WS on this pretty little female.

Hello Ruby
Interesting species and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness! Interesting note as always!!

Ciao Ruby, great macro of dragonfly butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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