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Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Calopteryx virgo (Linnaeus, 1758)
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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: 2006-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-17 5:41
Viewed: 5820
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the female of Calopteryx virgo, Beautiful demoiselle in english.
It belogns to the Zygoptera suborder.
A very common odonata in my country and Europe.
This species is very similar to the Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens).
The males of the two species can easily be distinguished as in C. splendens the wing pigment is confined to a broad central band whereas in C. virgo it covers the entire wing.
The females are more difficult to separate but in C. virgo the wings are broader and have a brownish tint whilst in C. splendens the wings are tinted green.
Females have a brilliant metallic green body and the wings are tinted golden brown with a distinctive white pseudo-pterostigma.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-17 5:57]
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Hi Paulo
A lovely capture of this damselfly showing brilliant colours and details in those delicate wings. I like this upright pose she gave you.
The composition is very nice and the OOF BG compliments the insect very well. You have achieved excellent DOF with the f/4 aperture, but that again is probably attributed to the amazing performance of these modern compact digital cameras. The exposure was also very well managed.
Good work and TFS.

Hi Paulo.
In my first posts in TN, two years ago, I asked other members if Virgo or Splendes, as they sometimes are very similar, and not easy to ident, now I am almost sure, they where all Virgos.
Well done to get this withut flash, the metallic colours are really nice, and the eye detailed.
Thanks my friend.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-06-17 7:23]
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Very beautiful picture of this damselfly. I like the colors and DOF and POV are good. I like it to see th details in this way. Thanks.
Gr. Hans

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-17 8:10]
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Hi Paulo,
A lovely capture, with very good color, metallic reflection, great details, and a good bg.
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-17 8:55]
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Hello Paulo,
a beautiful pose of this damselfly, very well captured. I love how the light enhances the vibrant colors and let the wings glitter. POV, and DOF are excellent the dansel is nicely set free from the background. A lovely composition.

Hello Paulo!
Beautiful colours it has! I like its pose with that interesting expression on its face!
Thank you and best regards!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-17 9:43]
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Hi Paulo,
Beautiful shot of this damselfly. Excellent POV and DOF and very vibrant colours.
As usual your notes are very informative

Very interesting stance this damselfly has adopted for you, Paulo.
Very good POV, DOF and colours.

Hi Paulo,
It's not a so easy species to shot because it is very fast to fly off. I spend many and many times to try to photograph it, so I currently now that such a kind of picture is very difficult to do!
Well done, good composition and exposure too.


Great Lighting and detail of the subject. The POV and sharpness are also great and make for a wonderful pic. TFS,

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-18 7:03]
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Hello Paulo,
An excellent capture of this colourful damselfly.
Good lighting,excellent detail and a very good POV.


Hi Paulo,
a very nice close-up of this lovely damselfly.
IMO the BG is a bit disturbing, either the black or the oof green, maybe you couild choosed another angle.
The details and colours are nice and the DOF is good too.
Very well done my friend.

Nice shot with great details. POV and DOF are great. Thank Allan.

Hello Paulo,
Nice shot! Simple POV and framing work well, picture has good details too. It seems you had a harsh light because some spots are overexposed and the picture is generaly quite bright. Overall, it's a good shot though.

hi Paulo,

really nice view.
first i have thinked at C.splendens because of the colour... here female of C.virgo have more brown wings (muh more).

TFS, a lot,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-20 2:50]
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Hi Paulo!
Very beautifull Calopteryx. I like shinning colours, pose, details on body, eyes and wings. Great macro my friend!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-20 7:25]
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Hi Paulo,
excellent macro, good composition and sharpness. I like it a lot. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

Great macro!
He is absolute great! Nice moment, details, colours, POV....
Every thing is great!
Thanks Ana:)

Hi Paulo,
somehow I missed this damsel, it's so beautiful. Wonderful colours and sharpness on this marvelous metallic insect. They are not easy to catch, so shy. I also tried it some days ago, I have seen many of them, but all were so far away, I haven't had a chance for a good shot. So thanks for sharing yours, very well done, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-21 13:24]
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Hello Paulo.
What's a nice "diagonal". It's a very rare case, when the dark triangle not only does not spoil, but strengthens positive perception of a picture. Crystal cleanliness and subtlety of lines are distinctive feature of this shot. TFS.

Hi Paulo,

Nice picture and useful comment. Good job.


Hi Paulo!
Another beautiful dmselfly , the POV is great and the green colour of the insect works fine with the blur,green folliage of the background.
I 'm starting be addict in insects macro and it ┤s your fault! lol!
also your notes are always interesting and a perfect complement to your photos!

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-22 16:38]
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Hi Paulo
Great picture of this damselfly. Great DOF and color


Hi Paulo..
Wish you success with conservation ambitions.
Picture here has natural colours. Beautiful demoiselle. Your note is pleasant to read and has content.
Annick Vanderschelden

Calopteryx are among the most elegant damsels, this one is very beautiful, with good POV and excellent sharpness, head and wings being both in focus. Just a touch of regret for the cluttered background, but it's something we all have to deal with frequently. TFS, Jerome.

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-06-24 12:42]

Hi Paulo
Very clear shot.I almost see the eyes the mouth and the nose of this insect.
Great POV and beautiful BG
I like the position of the insect that crops your photo to the center

Hi Paulo,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.


Hi Paulo,
Excellent DOF, color, exposure, POV, and sharp details..
Very nice job with this one..and Thank You!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-08 14:48]
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Hi paulo

Very beautiful shot of this demoiselle.The colours are so bold and the detail and sharpness are perfect.TFS


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