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Les demoiselles


Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 23:01
This summer has been very kind to damselflies in general and, in my area, demoiselles. There are only two kinds in the UK - the Banded Demoiselle and the Beautiful Demoiselle, both of which were out in abundance.

The first two are (male) banded demoiselles

and a female laying her eggs in weeds at the river's edge

And here is how she got into that state (!) These two are a pair of Beautiful Demoiselles. The male grabs the female by the scruff of her neck - he has a three pronged pincer and she has a triple purchase point for the purpose. She then arches her tail beneath the male's thorax to couple their reproductive parts.
(I love the look on her face!).

A male Beautiful Demoiselle is just that

and the female isn't far behind

I hope you enjoyed them. All taken with a K3ii and a 55 - 300 PLM.

The baby trout, on the other hand, couldn't care less!

Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 23:21
A wonderful set David - and brilliant to capture one in flight as well!


Link Posted 10/07/2018 - 23:26
Brilliant set, I have never even gotten close enough to try and get a shot, let alone a set as great as these.
I know what i like, If not always why.


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 04:39
This is wonderful photocraft David,enhanced with your fascinating , informative notes.


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 06:46
Superb shots

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

K1 - Pentax 100 Macro F2.8 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6

Pentax FA 24 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 100-300 F4, Samyang 14mm F2.8, Sigma 70-200 F2.8,

K5iis - Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Sigma 70 - 300 F3.5/F5.6, Sigma 18 - 200 F3.6 / F4.5.


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 09:38
David, thank you for the information and, of course, for the wonderful images.



Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 10:10
Incredible photos! I love nature, and It's like Demoiselle are very difficult to capture for the photo. Great job!


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 10:50
Super set... and great insight into their everyday lives...




Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 12:25
Great knowledge and images - I do enjoy a good "photo-commentary"


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 14:15
A beautiful set. Demoiselles have been pretty active around our area this year as well. It's great to see them both, we've even had a male stay around our garden pond for a few days. I don't know why he was there as they require running water, maybe he was fooled by our fountain!


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 17:20
Best regards, John


Link Posted 11/07/2018 - 17:32
Excellent, my favourite sport this time of year along with butterflies.


Link Posted 15/07/2018 - 01:16
A couple more from a day or so afterwards.

The females seem to appear out of nowhere and deliberately fly past a roost of 6 or 7 males which promptly erupts to chase her. She leads them a merry chase until one manages to catch her - presumably the best and strongest flyer of the group, which is what she wants.

It is almost impossible to capture the chase

This female Banded Demoiselle wasn't expecting what she got, however. The male dived vertically, grabbed her and shoved her head under the water!

He had to subdue her long enough to get his tail pincer onto the back of her neck

He then flew her off too quickly to capture, watched by a nearby Beautiful who wasn't interested in their chase

Those who have read Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonrider" books will recognize this story as it is probably where she obtained her inspiration?
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

My page on Photocrowd - link


Link Posted 15/07/2018 - 11:12
Excellent, really enjoying this series.
Excellent commentary too. 👏👏👏
I know what i like, If not always why.
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