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Blue-fronted Dancer (male)

Blue-fronted Dancer (male)
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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: 2012-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-24 22:28
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this is a Blue-fronted Dancer damselfly (Argia apicalis).
a male.

a bright blue damselfly i have seen many times here in Memphis, but didn't know the ID of.. till few hours back :)

this species of damselflies has different forms, and this one is not the commonest, though in the place where i had taken this snap, this particular form was not that rare.

the Blue-fronted Dancer is typically found near water (ponds, streams, creeks). they rest on low shrubs, branches and logs.

i found it near a huge lake.

their flight patterns are not straight-lined; this pond damsel appears to dance, or bounce, along its way.

males defend territories against males of any damselfly species. they have bright blue eyes and a matching blue on their thorax and at the tip of their tail. females may have more brown on their head and eyes.

females lay their eggs on floating objects in water. the majority of the life cycle is spent in the water as a nymph, breathing the dissolved oxygen from the water through gills found at the tip of their abdomen (tail).

larvae are terrific predators with huge appetites, eating insects, worms and even small fish. their extendable lower lip allows them a greater reach. quick expansion and a set of teeth secure their prey.

from the U.S. Great Plains east, and from Florida through Texas and New Mexico, and on into Mexico. Ontario is the only province of Canada to have reported this species.

information courtesy:
Bug Guide
Insect Identification

PS: this photograph had been taken by zooming from far. not a good idea, if it's detailing we are talking about. but at least, had not to make the creature aware of my presence :)

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To NitinJawale: SX40 HSrubyfantacy 3 06-26 19:02
To mwmod99: this photographrubyfantacy 1 06-25 08:43
To goutham_ramesh: compositionrubyfantacy 1 06-25 08:36
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Hi dear Ruby Sarkar,
it is so nice to see some gorgeous captures taken from you ...not that the rest are less impressive, but this one is so clean refreshingly bright without threatening the highlight detail and depth which keeps the entire body of the damselfly in perfect focus. I personally would cut the left side of the frame which does not bring much in my opinion here.....but that me ...you know ...I have to be myself as ever :)
George Veltchev

Good picture I liked the DOF in the picture with the entire body in focus. WRT to composition I feel space behind the damsel fly can be reduced a bit and more directional space can be included in the front. The appearance of the perch from the bottom corner moving a bit diagonally is pleasant on the viewer's eye and keeps the attention on the damsel fly. Good one
Goutham R

You re getting breath taking results from your SX 40 HS. This damsel fly is a beauty nd the clarity & colors are too good. Excellent composition tip from Goutham Ramesh there.

Ciao Ruby, great macro of elegant damselfly, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-25 15:34]

Hi Ruby,a magnificent capture of this little and elegant damselfy,i like the spectacular quality of your pic,the details are really impressives,and this blue is magic,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-27 13:57]

Hello Ruby,
WOW!! what a really neat image you managed to capture, especially when taken from a distance. The detail is easily seen and colors are so vivid yet natural in appearance.
Possibly a tad more distance in front and a little less behind, but I still like your choice of framing and showing the vertical branch as you did. You still are pretty much following the rule of thirds, as the head and thorax is in the correct position on the horizontal as well as vertical plane. Your camera is certainly doing a great job for you!!

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