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Lestes dryas Lestes dryas, immature female Emerald spreadwing,Lestes dryas,arthopoda,biodioversity,damselflies,damselfly,greatnature,insecta,insects,lestidae,odonata,spring,zygoptera Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Fab shot, you set a high standard.

    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you so much for your feedback! Cheers* Posted 3 years ago
  2. I can only agree with Dave, the quality is superb. In particular the focus and depth of field is perfect, and I very well realize how hard that is. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you so much, Ferdy! Just for the record, this is a marsh where I usually go to shoot and study odonata, in an open field. Everything that stands a bit more than 1m above the ground immediately you get an infinite green/yellow clean soft background. The problem here is the approach to the subject. The best chance always is to spot the subject before it spots you, which is almost impossible, but I like to believe in that when i'm chasing dragonflies ;) In this shot I used an EXT tube mounted on a 50mm lens, very close indeed. But let me just say that this was the finest that I achieved that day. Imagine the damsel like a tiny green flag waving at the wind :) It was very hard indeed! Well, thanks a lot! Cheers* Posted 3 years ago
      1. My gut feeling, not sure if this is biologically correct, is that a damselfly will always see you. I think what matters more is how you move, in which direction, at which speed. Another factor may be what it is doing. If it is preoccupied (feeding, cleaning) you may also have better odds. Posted 3 years ago
        1. Indeed, absolutely. and the fact that it is an immature also helps, although there are some other species that not behave like that, flying pretty much away if frightened. Posted 3 years ago
  3. Great shot! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you!! Cheers* Posted 3 years ago

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''Lestes dryas'' is a species of damselfly which is found across Europe, Asia and North America. In North America it is known as the emerald spreadwing and this name is becoming more widely used in Europe. In Britain, it is very rare so its common name is the scarce emerald damselfly. An alternate name in Ireland is the turlough spreadwing.
''L. dryas'' can tolerate extreme conditions that few other dragonflies can survive.

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by RMFelix
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Uploaded Apr 9, 2016. Captured Apr 8, 2016 14:58.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/1.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO250