Ischnura elegans

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Ischnura elegans (Lantaarntje (BE) / Blue-tailed Damselfly (EN) / Große Pechlibelle (DE) / Agrion élégant (FR) ) is a 30 à 34 mm large damselfly of the Coenagrionidae family. The species is easily recognisid by its largely black abdomen with very narrow pale markings where each segment joins the next and the entrely pale blue segment eight. The pterostigma is bicolored. In almost every European country it is a common species. This one is sitting on Lythrum salicaria, providing a nice color contrast with the damselfly.

Image: Deurne (BE) - 14/08/2010

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Wow such perfect focus, the background is so perfect and the subject is focused perfectly, Nicely done macro.

24 Aug 2010 5:17am

@Chris Anderson: Thank you very much for all the compliments, Chris.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh what splendid colours! This surely wakes me up totally! Simply love those little guys ;D

24 Aug 2010 5:34am

@daniela scharnowski: I know you love these... Always a challenge to make a good image... The combination from the blue with the pink works very well I think - did not expect that.

JOSE LUIS BERNAL from Jerez de la Fra. (Cádiz), Spain

Beautiful image. Excellent colors and composition. Greetings

24 Aug 2010 7:00am

@JOSE LUIS BERNAL: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Jose.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

elegant and fascinating creatures

24 Aug 2010 9:50am

@Veronique: Indeed :-) Together with the butterflies, my favorite insects, but I think you already noticed that in my images ....

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great capture! I have seen these many times but never got close enough to take a good photo.

24 Aug 2010 5:47pm

@Marilla: When they fly away, just wait for several minutes... they mostly return ! (espescially males: they mostly defend their teritory...) Hope this tip wil get you some succes next time. Greetz !

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Very nice as asualy! 5 stars for composition and colours !!

24 Aug 2010 8:10pm

@Demo: Thank you very much for the apreciation again! Greetings for both of you !

Don Levesque from New Brunswick, Canada

Beautiful as usual..and the pink and light blue do make a great comtrast. Bravo!

24 Aug 2010 10:07pm

@Don Levesque: Thanks again for your comment, Don.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Wonderful. Such a beauty and the colors throughout the frame are bewitching.

24 Aug 2010 10:30pm

@GJC: Nature is expert in finding the right color-combinations I think ...

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Stunning macro.5*

24 Aug 2010 11:21pm

@Gina: Thank you very much for the apreciation, Gina.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like the pink and blue against the background.

25 Aug 2010 1:55am

@Julie Brown: I think the combination is very nice indeed. I noticed the blue is'n even in the "Daily Color Scheme" this site makes from the images... very strange... I think it is very prominent in the image - but I guess it is just the sofware that did not notice it ... :-)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Ben ik nou gek of wat? Dacht echt dat ik op deze al had gereageerd ;) Ik val helemaal voor de spetterende kleurencombinatie, dat verzin je toch niet!

25 Aug 2010 5:19am

@Monique: Nou, toch bedankt om alsnog dit beeld van je commentaar te willen voorzien :-) De kleurencombinatie valt blijkbaar bij velen goed in de smaak. Ik denk erover mijn badkamer zo te schilderen :P

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Superbe macro !!!
Chapeau bas !!!
Magnifique !!!

25 Aug 2010 4:26pm

@Wolfen: Thanks for visiting some other images too, Denis.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Mooi hoor!!

25 Aug 2010 7:23pm

@Mascha: Er zit niet voor niets "elegans" in de wetenschappelijke naam toch ?

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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