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Red Damsel With Prey

Red Damsel With Prey
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-24 6:41
Viewed: 3534
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Damselfly / Kihitara (Maori)
Xanthocnemis zealandica

There are six known species of Damselfly in New Zealand.
This is one of the smaller ones.
Found from brackish coastal water to high apline tarns,usually near plants along the edges of ponds,lakes and rivers,flying close to the ground from November to March.
The male is red with black markings,the female sometimes more orange brown.
During drought the nymphs can survive for several months by burying themselves in damp mud.

You can see here that the damselfly has caught itself a moth. Whilst it look large compared to the damsel, if you note the size of the buttercup they are on, you will see that the damsel itself is relatively small.

I took this yesterday at Bullock Creek whilst on a field trip with our local (Greymouth) camera club and visitors from the Buller camera club further up the coast at Westport.
Hope you like it.


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It looks as though it has caught more than a thanksgiving dinner. Not being from the states, the damselfly has caught a giant beast. Perhaps to bring it back to the round tale of merry women....a good capture...you have seen His face!

nice capture and great timing Steve
this damselfly it has really hunger!!!
beauty colors and details
well seen!!! tfs sERGIO

Namastay Steve,
A very beautiful capture of this damselfly having its meal. Sorry for the tiny moth though. Very nice details and an excellent composition with very good timing and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Steve,
your damsel catched a realy big prey, it's amazing to see it from the frontside with this moth. The colours are also very pretty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-24 21:13]

Hello Steve

They look so dainty and elegant when they fly by ,but this shot magnifies their predator side.
Very well captured,this murderous damselfly is really giving you the evil eye.
Well focused with sharp details and lovely bright colours.
Well composed in the frame.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-25 3:16]

Yikes! I didn't know this would go for a moth!
Wonderful capture with a superb POV.
Well composed.
A good DOF aswell.
Well done Steve,

Hi Steve,
Great moment captured, excellent POV with good details. Yep, she's got a mouthful! :)
Well composed,
Well done.

Hi Steve,
interesting but very nice action shot. Nicely composed. Focus, colors, light, moment very nice. good notes always. Thanks. best wishes

Hola Steve,
Impresionate el momento capturado, con gran nitidez y todo lujo de detalles, bonita la composición que contrasta los bellos colores del insecto y la flor, saludos
José Ramón

What a big prey. Great capture.
Note: I think the red round things under the abdomen are lice. There has been previous posting on TN where lice on dragonflies were very sharp and easy to identify.

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