Calopteryx splendens - female

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Calopteryx splendens (Weidebeekjuffer (BE) / Banded Demoiselle (EN) / Gebänderte Prachtlibelle (DE) / Calopteryx éclatant (FR) ) is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 mm and a hindwing length of up to 36 mm. Females have translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white pseudopterostigma (= the wing veins are running through the pterostygma) near the tip, and a metallic green body. This one is using one of the top leaves of Urtica dioica as hunting post. In Belgium this is a common species which can be found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. In this image you can easily see the female reproduction device: the thickened part placed at the underside at end of the body (with the "thorn").

Image: Mol (BE) - 06/08/2010

© Johan Dierckx

The photos on this site are copyrighted, which prohibits anyone to use them to sell, give away, use in email or newsgroups, use in a homepage or otherwise showing to the public without my explicit, prior, written permission. Please feel free to use the "contact"-button below to contact me with any questions.

All species are photographed in their natural habitat, without cutting or capturing them, and with maximal respect and the least possible disturbance to the environment.

(To see species in the same taxonomic rank (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus), please use the tags provided with the image. The last tag is the Iso-code for the country where the image was taken. Image-date in DD/MM/YYYY format.)

Please feel free to visit my personal website

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France


12 Aug 2010 5:36am

@Julie: Thanks, Julie.

Cosmin from Bucharest, Romania

congratulation, beautiful macro!

12 Aug 2010 6:37am

@Cosmin: Thank you very much, Cosmin.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Brilliant shot! This dragonfly lives also in Finland but I don't have any photo of it - yet.

12 Aug 2010 7:41am

@Marilla: This species lives in most countrys of Europe and is not very rare. But they often sit too high in the vegetation to make good images or are to busy hunting and flying around ... Hope you can find this one too and get some good images made ... Have a nice day, Marilla.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

She is beautiful, lovely shot

12 Aug 2010 9:36am

@Christine: It is a lovely species. The males are even brighter colored - I'll show this one tomorrow. Thanks for your comment again, Christine.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice side view here, Johan. The toothed leaf edge and texture adds interest to the perch.

12 Aug 2010 10:07am

@Julie Brown: The leaf is that of a Stinging nettle... you surely know the effect these leaves have on human skin when touched ... To make these images I had to sneek through these plants ... A nature photographer has sometimes to make some sacrifices :-))))

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Es muß ein großartiger Tag gewesen sein, als du diese vielen Libellen beobachtn und fotografieren konntest. Ein Foto besser als das andere ! Schöne Grüße - leider mit Gips im Bett liegend - Sonja

12 Aug 2010 11:18am

@Loner: Sonja, It was indeed a wonderful day. Had a few top-days during this summer. Still 2 weeks summer-holiday for me so I hoop the droopy weather ends and sunshine returns ... Get well soon, Sonja !!!

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

simply perfect...

13 Aug 2010 1:58pm

@KriKridesign: Thanks :-) Glad to know you're still around. Hope the preparation of your expo is going well ?

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Wat is de natuur toch prachtig!!
Hier word je toch hellemaal gelukkig van als je deze prachtige kleuren, glans en patronen ziet!!

15 Aug 2010 6:43pm

@Mascha: Inderdaad, Mascha. Voor mij is een dagje in de natuur gaan zwerven en fotograferen dé manier om weer een weekje verder te kunnen. Bedankt voor je enthousiaste commenateren alweer.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Another five shot! I look at that long body and wonder at the muscles needed to hold all that up beyond the legs like that. They are built like gymnasts with the power arms!

15 Aug 2010 9:01pm

@Dutçh: When they fly, the front and backwings move to the oposite direction: when the backwing is going up, the frontwing is going down and vica versa - it is a wonderful bet very elegant sight. It's more like a balerina dancing the "swan lake" :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm