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Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-06 13:39
Viewed: 5479
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a very common odonata in Portugal.
Known as "Beautiful Demoiselle" in english.
Classis: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Calopterygidae
Genus: Calopteryx
Species: Calopteryx virgo

Males have a metallic blue-green body and broad, dark wings with iridescent veins. Males possess a bluish resplendent body and at the abdomen end at the lower surface a red tail light over 3 segments. The wings of the males shine in one darken blue clay/tone.
Females have a brilliant metallic green body and the wings are tinted golden brown with a distinctive white pseudo-pterostigma. The wings of the females exhibit a typical wise wing mark.

Their body length amounts to scarcely 5 cm and the wingspan 7 cm.

Nutrition and behavior:
This damselfly lives usually in the proximity of their breeding waters. Rarely fly to distant ponds.
Usually they sit on reed or bank plants and hunt from there small insects.
Their flight is butterfly-like and plays a large role with the mating.

Reproduction and development:
The males conquer and defend districts. Then if yielding flies along, the males specify mating dances (wedding flight). During this flight the female planned to demonstrate the ovipositor. The female is contently sets it into the surrounding vegetation and observes the male, which into the proximity sits down and its red tail light shows. They mate for approximately 15 minutes.

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Helo paulo.
Nice to see you back and posting.
Great shot this one.
Excellent colors and details and superb composition.
Welcome back.

Great macro Paulo.
Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Excellent colours, composition and note too. Great job. WEll done.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-05-06 15:42]
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Great colors, cute little thing, very good details and sharpnes. I don't know if you have noticed but sometimes when I make photos like this one there is too much light on the leaves and that distracts from the insect when you look at the photo, I think that some kind of shadow should be done on the background and leaves to make the insect look better. It's really annoying thing that too-green color.

Hi Paulo,
This looks excellent! Exposure is spot on from the fill flash. Nice saturated colors. Detail is nice and sharp. Love that metallic sheen!

Hi Paulo,
This is the most colorful damselfly that I ever seen. Sharp and clear. Well compose and POV. TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-07 3:59]
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What a beautiful and interesting "Libellule" that you have well captured ! Colors, details and sharpness are very good ! I also appreciate a new photo made by you... Congratulations Paulo and thanks for sharing.

Hi Paulo!
Great photo. Superb colours, details and POV. TFS!

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-07 11:47]
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Hello Paulo, perfect exposure. A very slim and beautiful dragonfly. I have never seen yet one like that in person. The leafs are the perfect bacground, well done. Gabriel

great shot Paulo,
the composition is stuning the details are good even as the colours and the good pov, good job.
gr, jaap

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-07 15:12]
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Ola Paulo!
Beautifull shot of this virgin :-) I love shinning, metallic colours. Great details and note.

You are so good at these macro shots!
Great details, and sharpness, lovely colors!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-07 19:26]
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Hi Paulo
Well seen and captured. Good colours, sharpnes and POV.
Well done


Un logrado contraste de colores del sujeto con el fondo sin perder los detalles anatomicos del odonato magnifica nitidez!!!

Uff, que lindo tom de "calipso metálico"!
Obrigada e parabéns!

Hi Paulo,
Excellent Exposure, colors, detail and sharpness . I like the mettalic colors !

Hello Paulo,
This is an excellent macro. Very good sharpness, detail, DOF, and light..
That Fuji produces excellent color, with the metallics here very nice..
Very well done and TFS!

Great macro!
Colorfull and detailed.

Hi Paulo,
perfect colours and details on this Calopteryx virgo in the bright sushine. Focus and exposure very well managed.
Good to see your camera in good operation again!
Thank you! Best regards,


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-10 15:38]
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hi Paulo
i think very informative note for me. i learned something. thank you. pov, colors and details are great. tfs

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-10 18:10]
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Hi Paulo,
Excellent Damselfly close-up.
Great pov,colors,sharpness,focus,dof,blurred bg and note.Well Done.TFS

excellent macro...light and colours are great and the DOF is perfect
your comments to the photo are very important and didactic...this is the kind of nature photography I expect to find in Trek Nature.

hola Paulo,
Bellisima libélula, tiene unos colores metálicos alucinantes, la has retratado muy bien, con detalles muy buenos y lindos colores.
Que hay en la otra hoja, no lo distingo bien, una arañita u otra cosa?


You have a good macro here! Good use of colour, DOF, BG, POV, Comp and the sharpness good detail of the subject and it's habitat. TFS,

Hello Paulo,
Wonderfull species and you took it perfectly. I like it a lot really. You are so lucky that it is very common in your region! Great details, focusing, sharpness, pov, dof etc. Everything in the frame all great! Thank you for sharing. Keep on going...

Excellent image as usual from you, Paolo.
It is perfect from every point of view.
It is always a delight to look at you work.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-05-14 10:10]
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Hello Paulo,
What a great macro capture. So colourfull and sharp. I am jalous, Thanks, since yesterday I am trying a macro lens.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-14 19:31]
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Hello Paulo,
wonderful close up the colors are amazing. Details, sharpness and POV are great.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-16 4:14]
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Hello Paulo
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-16 4:44]
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Hola Paulo.
Preciosos colores electricos de esta libelula, excelente el aungulo y composicion, da para lucimiento del especimen, muy bellos colores con buenos detalles.

Gracias y espero mas fotos consejos crticas y comentarios, son siempre esperados y bienvenidos.


Hello Paulo, this is an good macro of the Demoiselle. Very good sharpness, details, colours, DOF, and light. Well done,

magnifique libellule,j'aime beaucoup sa couleur verte metallique.

Good capture of this metallic damsel. It may be common and I've seen it before on TN, but they are always a welcome sight. Must be great to see these in real life.
Good composition and sharpness.

Hi Paulo,
it's a beautiful damselfly, I like the brilliant colours so much.
Also perfect sharpness, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excellent shot Paulo
Great green colors all over,clear lines and details
Useful note too.

Good picture. I have more then 15 pictures but no one is in decent quality.

Hi Paulo,

This one is extremely nice, the stripe shining on the "Beautiful Demoiselle" is wonderful.Excellent sharpness.TFS:)


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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2006-05-30 6:30]
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Ola Paulo!
Extraordinary picture.
Parabens and thanks.
With best wishes,

I think I have posted one of these in the distant past and it is very nice to see the other sexes colour, I like the composition and detail available.

Is it on a potato leaf?



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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-05-31 4:31]
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Hello Paulo,
An excellent capture of this Demoiselle.
A good POV and lovely metallic colours.
I hope to find one of these this year.
Great shot,TFS

Hello Paulo,
Just updating my critique :-)
This is a very good shot of this damselfly. Details are very clear and sharp, light is nice too. I just think framing is a little bit too centered and the composition isn't strong.
Overall, well done on this one!

A brilliant shot, the light through the wings highlight the lovely irridescent colours.
Well done...

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-08 4:06]
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Hi Paulo,
excellent macro, good details and colours. I like it a lot. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

Avec un nom comme cela, l'insecte ne peut être que magnifique. Bravo

Hi Paulo,
Excellent shot.
Nice POV & colors.
Well Done.


Calopteryx virgo is my favourite damselfly, they are so cute. I dont know why but when I shoot them, I feel they interact stablishing some kind of comunication with me, like in this shot, doesnt it look it is posing?

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 12:51]
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Great macro shot of this damselfly. Beautiful metallic color and sharp picture.


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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-06-30 1:48]
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Very nice picture of the elegant Demoiselle. I like composition, details and colors. TFS

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