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Chalcolestes viridis, formerly Lestes viridis, is a damselfly of the family Lestidae. It has a metallic green body and at rest it holds its wings away from its body. Its common name is the willow emerald damselfly or the western willow spreadwing.
The genus Chalcolestes is separated from Lestes because of differences in their larvae.
A closely related species C. parvidens used to be considered a sub-species of C. viridis. C. parvidens occurs in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia and in Italy; near Rome it flies with C. viridis in the same ponds. There are small morphological differences between the two species both as adults and larvae and analysis of proteins from the two species, by electrophoresis, also supports their separation into two species, but they are hard to tell apart in the field. C. parvidens flies earlier in the year than C. viridis.C. viridis is found across southern and central Europe. In the eastern mediterranean it is replaced by C. parvidens with areas of overlap in Italy and the Balkans. C. viridis is found on many mediterranean islands including Corsica, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, in the Maghreb in North Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. However many of the old records for C. viridis in the east of its range could be for C. parvidens. It occurs in still or slow flowing water in ditches, ponds, lakes and canals, with overhanging willows, alders or birches, which are used for breeding. Of all the European Lestes it is the species, along with C. parvidens, that will lay eggs in where there is running water. The adults are often found in the bushes which grow over or alongside water.
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What a nice caprure of a interesting insect. Very good focus and natural colors.
Micro-world of this colourful busybody as always the details and pov make all well done LUCIANO GOLLINI
- [2019-09-06 6:57]
Beautiful vertical shot with lot of detail, here we have also but in the air and I did search to find any one in rest.
Well done TFS.
Les branches aident au cadrage de l'insecte. la prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la libellule Leste vert. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.
- [2019-09-08 2:38]
Ciao Luciano, che spettacolo le ali, anche gli occhi non son da meno, fantastici dettagli e bei colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
- [2019-09-10 0:24]
Nice picture Luciano of this young C. viridis!
Thnks for sharing it.