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Old Jul 13, 2010, 8:00 PM   #11
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Very nice. Like the last shot the best.
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 8:16 AM   #12
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The detail on the wings if fantastic. Nice lighting and a variety of colours / sub-species!

I particular found the dark / almost black wings of some of the damsel flies interestings.

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Old Jul 14, 2010, 7:34 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by simple View Post
notice in image 6 they make a love heart while mating a really nice set
Hearts, but no flowers?

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I haven't quite figured out the mating thing, but those are great shots.
It's complicated, but the male holds the female while she collects the sperm from his genital pore, which then fertilizes the eggs which she will deposit in the water.

Great images, as usual, Mole.
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Old Jul 15, 2010, 8:17 PM   #14
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Simple - Thanks so much - glad you enjoyed these. I posted another damselfly "heart" over at the Pentax part of the forums.

Corkpix - Penolta gave a great explanation of how this works...
Thanks for your kind words!

Jeephotog - Thanks! They are indeed an awesome part of the creation!

Gordymohr - Thanks so much! That last one is a Blue Dasher. His pose is called "obelisking" - it's one of the ways that dragonflies dissipate excess heat on very hot sunny days.

PJ1974 - These were all taken with an old Sigma 70-300 - not supposed to be a very good lens, but sure is good at capturing detail in the macro range. Those dark winged damselflies (ebony jewelwings) are one of our commonest damselflies - especially common around shaded streams.

Penolta - Thanks for the great explanation, and your kind words as well!
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 9:36 AM   #15
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Thank you very much for all these fine pictures. What a masterpice those wings are


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Old Jul 16, 2010, 8:15 PM   #16
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Awesome shots, Mole!

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