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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Art of Procreation, comportement printanier [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-14 10:13
Viewed: 6734
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Locally common in suitable habitats. The flight period is May to August. The two Calopteryx species are the largest of the Irish damselflies. The Banded Demoiselle is found on rivers, streams and drains of moderate to slow-flow that have beds of silt and marginal vegetation. Males perch on bankside vegetation in order to attract females.

C. splendens is very similar to the Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo. The males of the two species are easily differentiated as in C. splendens the dark wing pigment forms a broad central band whereas in C. virgo it is more extensive.


Mature males have a metallic blue-green body with a broad, dark band across the wings
Females have a brilliant metallic green body and the wings are tinted green with a white pseudo-pterostigma

This where realy trouble makers. I was shasing behind this beauty of nature. I got a few chances and I could took this on.

Yes this is also true nature, this tw are both male, so you can see it also in nature. I hope you like the twin shot.

siggi, nglen, flashpoint, crs, horia, jrobertop, Alex99, eng55, cicindela, Evelynn, wuta, sandpiper2, Dis. Ac., ramthakur, matatur, marhowie, Miss_Piggy, metcher, jhm, loot, peter_stoeckl, nofer has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-14 10:16]

Hello Jaap
Very intersting mating shot,Great compositio,
sharpness and BG,Fantastic colors, Superb shot.

Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-14 10:19]

Hi Jaap. This is a very fine close up of the two colourful male damselflies. You have taken this with fine detail and bright colours. great use of the light to make the wings shine. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-14 11:03]

Hello Jaap! Great timing, very sharp capture and a beautiful image, well done!


Ciao Jaap,
spettacolare ed inusuale cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione, straordinaria definizione, bellissimi i colori metallici. Molto interessanti le note e significativo titolo.

hi Jaap,
the laying unusual for the two young Calopteryx, caught in perfectly with excellent details..compliments sERGIO

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-14 11:47]

Hello Jaap,

The light reflections of light on insect's wings have been captured with very great skill. The allover light is very well used showing very natural looking colors on the insects and the plants arround. Main subject is sharply shown against the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-14 12:12]

Hi Jaap

This is a most interesting post!
An excellent macro and shot, with terrific details and beautiful natural colors, but most of all the subject is rather intersting: it's two males that seem to have a mating position here.
I think it actually it a dominance behaviuour here which makes this a very valuable post...i haven't seen to many.
So thanks for this esquisite shot that has brought some interesting question to my mind...i'll hit the books :)

Cheers and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-14 12:45]

Hallo Jaap,
Fantastische foto in grootse kwaliteit. Zowel wat betreft de kleur, de scherpte als POV. Ze steken schitterend af tegen de mooie vage achtergrond. Ook de compositie is erg goed.
Goed weekend,

Hello Jaap.
A great macro image!
Fine colors, texture and details.
Excellent sharpness and luminosity.
José Roberto

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-14 21:13]

Hi Jaap,
Outstanding shot of these mating damsels with immaculate sharpness, lovely colours and clear details. Great synchronised moment captured with perfect light and DOF. I like the natural setting and the sheen on their wings. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-14 22:13]

Hi Jaap.
Fantastic picture with terrific razor sharp details of the charming insects, very pleasant superbly blurred BG, great 3D-effect and brilliant composition/framing of the image. My congratulations and all the best.

Hello Jaap,

Superb capture of this pair of males calopteryx. Excellent POV and DOF. Excellent sharpness. Great exposure and colours. A quite unusual behaviour of these two insects.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-15 4:08]

merhaba jaap
wonderful close-up capture of these beautiful models that were giving nice pose to you
i like composition, POV, BG; DOF, light, colours and sharpness

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-15 4:21]

Hi Jaap,
Lovely close up of this mating pair.Well caught and composed.Colors,details,sharpness and POV are also perfect.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Jaap,
This is a wonderful capture with both insects perfectly focused. Colors and exposure are natural in excellent composition and nice brilliance on their superb wings. Even if they are the same tones of colors as their environment, they stand out very well from the blurred background. Well seen!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-15 5:27]

Ha Jaap,

Dat heb je prima weten te fotograferen deze sessie,mooie pov,scherpte kleauren zijn perfect,het enige kleine wat jammer is de spriet welke net achter dit koppel te zien is,maar daar kon je denk ik niet veel aan veranderen,dank je wel en prettig weekend toegewenst


Hi Jaap!

Homosexuality is a well known phenomenon in wildlife, but I didn't know it exists among insects. One always can learn, thank you for this precious information. Moreover, the picture is superb and well put on stage!

Kind regards


Merhaba Jaap,bunlar çemberi oluşturamamışlar ama çok güzel bir makro.Renkler ve netlik çok iyi,ellerine sağlık :)

Hello Jaap!
Such pictures are so rare in TN! Perfect documentary capture of very interesting element of damselflies behaviour! These two males are presented with all important technical elements: clarity of picture, good sharpness, DOF, colours, ect., ect., ect.
By - to be honest - the most interesting as for me - it documentary character of this unique capture :)
TFS and have a nice weekedn!

The sharpness, perfect depth of focus, and the toning colors throughout make this a really nice photo Jaap. I love the details in the damselflies.

Evelynn : )

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-15 11:08]

Hoi Jaap , Een Schitterend duo ,prachtige compositie allebei ballancerend op een blad , mooie kleuren scherpte en bg , groeten teunie .

Hi Jaap

Great shot of these two good friends :), I've never seen that before.
Great composition and sharpness, a very interesting post and behaviour.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-15 13:19]

Hi Jaap,
a fabulous macro of these Banded Demoiselles!
The composition is superb.
Very sharp and crisp.
Great lighting.

Well done,

Hello Jaap

A lovely capture of this pair of synchro damselflies.
The detail is sharp with excellent texture.
Well composed in the frame.
The natural colour are well saturated.


hallo Jaap,

mooie foto van deze Weidebeekjuffes neem ik aan.
Heb ze zelf niet zo mooi, prima plaat


Hello Jaap!
What a pleasure to see your picture after ages!
This is a fantastic image of mating damselflies.
Wonderful composition and superb technical excellence.
Hope to see you posting regularly.

Two beautiful Calopteryx males in tandem, well, a rare sight indeed Jaap, the poor guy in the rear looks as if he doesn't know what to do with his abdominal clasper! Natural or not, this is pure nature indeed! TFS this beautiful and interesting image my friend.

Hi Jaap,
woooow - you can be soooo proud of this shot - to see these nobele damsels mating must be very impressive. They are very shy.
I haven't seen a single of these species this year, so I enjoy to look at your shot very much.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Jaap,
What a great catch, these two look excellent.
Very good exposure, framing, and POV for this one :)

Hello Jaap
If this is not perfection, then I do not know what perfection is. Absolutely and stunningly beautiful capture of these two damselflies in total synchronisation with one another. What a delight to look at. I am astounded by the beautiful sight I am looking at. Excellent camerawork, super sharp details and superb focus. I do not want to say more, because words fail me. Thanks for this colourful contribution.
Best regards.

Hi Jaap, wonderful maiting couple od elegant damselflies with fantastic metallic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Excellent capture of this beautiful insects. You have a really good quality pic here!
Best wishes,

Hi, Jaap.
Superb catch of these two together. Excellent sharpness.

Hello Jaap,

Amazing details!
And the point of view works well here, eye-to-eye level and what eyes they have...
Well done on the close-up, the blurry back enhances the subject and the shades of green are attractive!

Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-11-21 21:47]

Hi Jaap

In fact it has been quite a while since I last critiqued one of your lovelies and it is good to do so once again.

This is a very interesting shot, well spotted and captured. If I tilt my head slightly to the left and look at these damselflies, then it seems like their bodies actually forms the shape of a heart. Maybe it is only the "romantic" insects that made me see this or who knows, maybe they are sending out a message of love to the entire TrekNature community(?) Although I must admit, the fact that it is two males had me wondering…maybe they are just good friends spending "quality" time together (chuckle).

Well done and TFS.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-11-21 23:51]

Hallo Jaap,

Hier kom ik op uw specialisatie werk, macro's van Libellen is u op het lijf geschreven, geduld en kennis liggen hier aan de basis van dit fraai stukje kunstwerk.
Fantastisch werk Jaap, weinig doen het u na, waarvoor mijn complimenten.

Prettig weekend,

Hello Jaap,
brilliant, quite unique document of gay behaviour!
And an excellent, well detailed, well composed capture as well. I've been chasing those pretty and very wary Calopteryx splendens damselflies right at the same time in the end of June at Vienna riverbanks, wading in the waters and getting soaked all over. They are so beautiful, and so hard to capture. My congratulations!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-05-24 21:16]

Hello Jaap,

Very good macro of spring behavior!
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.Thanks for posting
Best regards


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