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Familiar Bluet (male)

Familiar Bluet (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: 2012-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-07-17 14:31
Viewed: 1997
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
when i took this photograph, i had no idea of its ID. what i knew was that it was a new damselfly to me.

later, while looking for the ID, i was about to be quite sure that it was a Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum). but before i could conclude, i had gone though the whole thing once again. then i found, 'Enallagma cyathigerum' was an European damselfly.. it's not that 'Enallagma cyathigerum' cannot be found in United States, but still there was a bigger problem. that RING near the end of the tail (abdominal segments) was missing.

if not a 'Common Blue', then what?

well, then comes its correct ID.
a Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile). and a male.

Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) is a species of damselfly that can be found in United States and Canada. they say, it's common and widespread in these countries. but to me, it was the first.

then, i had not seen much yet. point! :)

Familiar Bluets can sometimes, be confused with Tule Bluets (Enallagma carunculatum). but one difference is there. in case of Tule Bluets, the black part is dominating. and in case of Familiar Bluets, the blue part.
here the blue is dominating.

also, male Familiar Bluets are identified by the large fin-shaped upper appendages (cerci) that extend well beyond the lower appendages (paraprocts), and the two combined (left) give a long triangular shape to the abdominal tip.
you can easily check that in the photograph.

Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) is a pond damselfly. it belongs to the family 'Coenagrionidae', which is the family of Pond Damselflies.

here to mention, i found this damselfly on a lake.

information courtesy:
Don Roberson
Arizona Dragonflies

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Ruby, this is a great shot of this damselfly. Good sharpness and detail. Bill

Very sharp capture that illustrates all the features of the species you have described in your note, Ruby.
You are doing a good job of showcasing American wild life and apparently enjoying the new experience.

i am happy to see that day by day you are improving.
very nice picture with good sharpness and perfect colour. this type of composition is little stagnant, so try to make a diagonal composition.
have a nice time,
best wishes.
samiran da

Hey Ruby what a superb macro image from you today, excellent sharpness with fine clarity, good composition, great effort and very well done,
Best Regards,


good capture for this damsel Ruby, excellent focus, for the composition I think vertical position you can obtain a good result too,

ciao, tino

ps I use d300s

hello Ruby
great sharpness good pose and beautiful colours
very nice composition with good light
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ruby

This snap just comes out of nowhere and strikes you, in a nice appealing way. Beautiful damselfly very similar to our common blue and a great perch too.

Thanks Himanshu

Ciao Rudy.
Splendida composizione ed un’eccellente nitidezza di questa libellula ,ottimi i colori naturali, molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-18 12:36]

Hello Ruby.
Very good capture of the damselfly with excellent DOF and colours. Good POV and subject standing out from the bg nicely.Best regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-25 10:41]

Hello Ruby,
This is a wonderful shot of the Familiar Bluet. The focus is great which allows us to see all the fine details, markings and pretty coloring of this little fellow. I have to admit your Canon PowerShot is really doing a super job for you on these close-up images.

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