Calopteryx splendens - male with prey

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 13 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The same species as yesterday's image (more info on the species there), but this time the more brightly colored male. Males have translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black band across the outer part, starting at about the nodus - the sharp dip mid-way down the upper edge of the wing. On immature dragonflies the band is dark brown. The body can be a metallic blue like this specimen or blue-ish green. All dragonflies and damselflies are active hunters. They eatsflies, mosquitoes, and other small insects. This one just returned from a succesfull short hunt to his hunting-post enjoying his "fresh" meal.

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

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Perfect soft focus, lovely shot.

13 Aug 2010 5:18am

@Chris Anderson: Thank you very much for your comment, Chris.

vincent from Acquin, France

Superbe macro !

13 Aug 2010 7:29am

@vincent: Thank you very much for your apreciation, Vincent.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like the color on this one. Is the size of the band unusual?

13 Aug 2010 9:59am

@Julie Brown: Males are much brighter colored then the females. That is common with animals (but you know that from the birds also I think? ) The size of the dark band is typical for this species. There can be a slight differentiation, but it is nearly always about this tall.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

!!!!!!!....... no words strong enough :-)

13 Aug 2010 10:30am

@Veronique: Thanks for your enthousiasm, Veronique. !!!

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

I agree with Veronique. Very interested to know what they eat.

13 Aug 2010 11:26am

@Christine: Thank you very much, Christine. I always like to know more about the species I found and photographed. The more you read and study about them, the more you are able to apreciate them and the more you keep wondering about lovely nature. Have a nice weekend.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Fantastic work. I'm impressed you could get one that would sit still long enough for such a good photo.

13 Aug 2010 12:39pm

@GJC: These are indeed very active hunters and they nearly never sit still. They even eat while flying. This prey was probably just a little too big to handle in flight :-) (Most of the preys I saw were much smaller). Thanks again for your comment, GJC.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

So now the blue version...

13 Aug 2010 1:59pm

@KriKridesign: This one has the "blues" :p In nature males are most of the time brighter colored then female - with us humans it is most of the time the opposite ;-)

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

great detail

13 Aug 2010 7:32pm

@Skyriani: Thanks, Skryani. Just happened to be there at diner time :-)

Marilla from Turku, Finland

This male looks more exotic than the female but I think the green female was more beautiful!

15 Aug 2010 11:19am

@Marilla: The male is indeed brighter colored. You like the image of the female more or the coloring ?

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Ohh a different color too, beautiful!

15 Aug 2010 9:01pm

@Dutçh: I just happened to have my colorpencils with me :p

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I like both the image of the female and also the colours. They make such a beautiful combination.

23 Aug 2010 3:45pm

@Marilla: The calopteryx species are all beautiful colored. I hope to find some more members of the genus in the future. How many members of this genus are in Finland?

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