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Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200 1:4.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): libellules demoiselle/dragonfly damselfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 10:26
Viewed: 3996
Points: 65
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Hello All

since a few days, i try to take photos fof Dragon- and Damselflies at the river near my house and at the lakes of Reichshoffen and Jeagerthal, this one is taken at the rive where are mostly calopteryx splendens and virgo, this is one of my first attempt
I hope you like it

Banded Demoiselle

The Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens is a European damselfly. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers.


The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown.
The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip, and a metallic green body.

Eggs and larvae

Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in a wide variety of emergent or floating plants, sometimes even submerging to do so.
The eggs hatch after 14 days. The larvae have very long legs and are stick-shaped. They develop over two years, usually. They tolerate muddy water and overwinter buried in mud. When they are ready to moult into an adult, they climb up a suitable reed or plant and shed their skin.


Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found in lush bankside plants and on floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found among mature, slow-flowing streams and rivers and sometimes canals.

Natural habitat areas

The Demoiselle is found in Taganay and Zyuratkul National Parks of Russia, being listed under protection in the Red Book of Chelyabinsk Oblast

Calopterix Eclatant

Le Caloptéryx éclatant (Calopteryx splendens) est une espèce facile à reconnaître. Le vol papillonnant de l'espèce et ses grandes ailes arrondies sont caractéristiques. Présent en effectifs réduits, le Caloptéryx éclatant est très mobile.

Identification des imagos matures

Le Caloptéryx éclatant (Calopteryx splendens) est la plus grande espèce de zygoptère observée sur la zone d'inventaire. Sa taille (4 à 5 centimètres de long) est comparable à celle des petits anisoptères, tels les sympétrums. Les caractéristiques de l'espèce sont la couleur verte (femelles) ou bleue (mâles) métallique et les larges ailes arrondies non pédonculées et dépourvues de véritable ptérostigma. Les mâles arborent des ailes colorées, bleu sombre sur la moitié de leur longueur. Les Caloptéryx ayant une longévité de plus d'un mois au stade imaginal, leur apparence évolue et présente différents stades de maturation.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-24 10:35]

Hi Jacqueline . A good close up of the Male Banded Demoiselle. A nice pose on the grass . with fine detail and natural colours. I like the dark part of the wing. well done TFs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-24 11:08]

Hi Jacqueline.
We have not so beautiful species of damselfly. It is funny I have not any good shot of any damselfly. You have. Composition is amazing. Inclined leaf and dry stem and fine creature on ir are looked perfectly. Colours of the shot are wonderful. Image of the insect is not razor sharp but your lens is not macro lens. Well done and kind wishes.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-24 11:45]

Hello Jaqueline,
A lovely capture of this colorful damselfly. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Very good metallic colors. Nice notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-24 11:51]

Bonjour Jacqueline!

Blue beauty. I like saturated, metallic colours of this pretty damselfly. Good diagonal composition and very interesting note. You're lucky to have such neigbours near your house!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-24 11:53]

Hello Jacqueline,
A fine well-composed capture of a male Banded Demoiselle. Though a little soft the colours and composition against an OOF natural BG are superb from this excellent POV.
Thanks and have a good week,

Ciao Jacqueline, elegant damselfly with fantastic colors, superb macro with fine details and erxcellent sharpness, beautiful diagonal composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

A very well seen, framed and captured shot..
The Macro has been presented very well, Jacqueline.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-05-24 12:49]

Hola amiga,
bella macro y efectivo pov,
magníficos detalles y compo.

Hi Jacqueline. Very good sharp and excellent sharp for this elegant damselfly.


hello Jacqueline
super colours and good composition
i found this one Male and Female in greece
greeting lou

Bien captada la delicadeza i finura de esta bella libélula. Lastima que el enfoque a la cabeza sea algo justo. Excelente encuadre.
Saludos y buena semana Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

bonjour Jacqueline

une belle photo d'une jolie demoiselle (lol),
excellent POV, très belle luminosité,
superbe focus avec d'excellente netteté et détails, TFS


hello Jacqueline
richly in colour very beautiful glance and capture,very fine scene with perfect BG,wonderful photo

Hello Jacqueline,
excellent capture of this beautifull specie, sharp details great colors and light and excellent BG,
have a nice day,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-25 4:08]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Cette image de Calopteryx splendens se présente de manière très plaisante. D'abord par le sujet lui-même, cette libellule porte bien son qualificatif "splendens". Ensuite par la palette de couleurs (vert et bleu) et ensuite par son aspect graphique, trois parallèles (libellule, tige et feuille). Bien vu!
Bon après-midi

Hello Jacqueline,
a beautiful capture of the Male Banded Demoiselle, very good sharpness and vivid colours well saturated, i like the very nice composition.
Best regards

Hi MF Jacqueline,

What a fine macro capture of a pretty blue banded damselfly which i have ever seen before. Great notes too.
TFS this beauty MF.
Greetings from Kizkulesi (Mersin province)


Salut !
On n'a pas toujours besoin d'aller bien loin pour faire de belles photos, comme tu nous les prouves avec cette image. la demoiselle est très belle, j'adore ces couleurs, et la photo est très bien réalisée à tous les points : détails, couleurs, composition, POV, pose de la libellule... Félicitations !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-26 3:39]

Hi Jacqueline,
lovely damsel in excellent capture of exciting colours. The composition is very nice, it goes diagonal and the sharpness is so great. Well composed with light well used.


I never stop admiring this damselfly, Jacqueline.
Perhaps it is the most beautiful in the entire species by virtue of its attractive colours and shapely body.
This is a wonderful image with sharp focus on the subject. The diogonal orientation makes an impressive presentation.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image and all the best.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-27 15:08]

Salut Jacqueline,cette calopteryx est une des plus difficile a capturer parfaictaiment dans une photo a cause de son terrible bleu metalisee'.Tu a travaille' a la perfection,aussi la nettete' est de tres haut niveau,mes plus gros compliments et bon Jeudi,LUCIANO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-28 7:15]

Hello Jacqueline,
These beautiful damselflies seem to be experts at posing nicely for photographers!! This is a lovely composition in beautiful colours and details are very sharp too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-28 8:23]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Armored bugs ... Banded Demoiselle.
Depth of field, color and details in great beauty.
Banded Demoiselle, is a spell with colors ...:)
Best wishes,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-05-28 12:20]

Bonsoir Jacqueline,

Je regarde et suis émerveillée!
De plus quel beau spécimen!

Bravo aussi pour tes explications très utiles.

Bonne soirée


Hello Jacqueline,

Fantastic macro of this beautiful insect.
Wonderful colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Not the most perfect shot technically, because the closest parts of the insect became oof (out-of-focus), the branch is overexposured a bit and there's some background noise - nevertheless I like the pic due to the harsh blue color of the dragonfly. The fact that I give 1 point instead of 2 doesn't mean I don't respect You as a person and a photographer very much, but, by my opinion this superb scene would have been captured a bit better way. No problem - next time. I'm waiting for it.
Respectful regards, László

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-06-01 3:45]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is very nice shot with beautiful blue damselfly.Nice light and colors and excellent details.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-01 13:58]

Hi Jacqueline,
Very nice close up.Vivid colors,POV,sharpness,exposure nad composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Jacqueline,

Well composed and god color tone!
It's interesting for me seeing blue dragonfly. Dragonfly's deep blue sitting stick diagonally postponed is strongly clear as well as part where wing is black. Technically, it draws out good effect in the whole about the contrast between the front and the background as well as shadow of foot of dragonfly projected to diagonally curved leaf, I think.


Hi Jaqueline,

You have beautiful damselfly's by your home.
Good pov and sharpness with fine colours.


Hi Jacqueline,
Stunning macro photo of this dragon fly.Nice definition of the subject and great contrasting colours. Well done and TFS.

Hi Jacqueline,

Very nice and sharp capture of this blue dragonfly. Very nice PoV and DoF. Nice diagonal positioning. Very well done.


Hello Jacqueline
metallic colored beautfiul Banded Demoiselle's very nice shot. focus, diagonal composition, POV, BG very nice. I like especially coloration. thanks for sharing it with good informative notes.
have a good night

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