E.J.Wilkins

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Azure Damselflies mating

A pair of Azure Damselflies - Coenagrion puella -  laying eggs.

The male is bright turquoise, the female has a green thorax and a darker abdomen. This pair has finished mating but the male is still holding onto the female to prevent another male trying to mate with her. The female is dipping the end of her tail (ovipositor) into the water to lay eggs on submerged weed.

The eggs will hatch in a week or so, the larvae will stay in the water until they hatch next spring.

I took this picture at the Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common on 24th May 2007, the same day as my previous picture of the Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly.

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Azure Damselflies mating

A pair of Azure Damselflies - Coenagrion puella -  laying eggs.

The male is bright turquoise, the female has a green thorax and a darker abdomen. This pair has finished mating but the male is still holding onto the female to prevent another male trying to mate with her. The female is dipping the end of her tail (ovipositor) into the water to lay eggs on submerged weed.

The eggs will hatch in a week or so, the larvae will stay in the water until they hatch next spring.

I took this picture at the Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common on 24th May 2007, the same day as my previous picture of the Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly.

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If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy
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comments (36)

  • alex
  • 30 May 2007, 00:14
that's pretty amazing, they have such slender bodies!
EJWilkins: Remarkably slender, yes, and not as flexible as you'd think, with each section of the abdomen being quite long.
  • Larry
  • North Carolina, USA
  • 30 May 2007, 00:50
Wow! Ellie does it again! smile
EJWilkins: smile Thanks Larry
Fantastic capture, particularly because of the reflections.
EJWilkins: It was the reflection that caught my eye. Then I had to try and get a picture when the male's wings were still.
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 30 May 2007, 01:40
A remarkable shot, Ellie. Nature went a bit wild in the design studio for this pair, didn't she?
EJWilkins: You're absolutely right there Jimbo, and without seeing them coupled like this I'd have probably thought there were two species instead of the male and female having different colours
What a wonderful shot! I love the reflection.
EJWilkins: I was really pleased with the reflection too, it came out nice and sharp smile
Great work here Ellie. The reflction adds a unique symmetry to an already well composed shot. Well done!
EJWilkins: Thanks Ade smile
Wow, this is wonderful Ellie. Very educational too wink
EJWilkins: Thanks Kay smile
Great informative shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: I had to look it up, the name in particular. Thanks Tomeas smile
Interesting information, Ellie. I didn't know what dragonflies were doing when they dipped into the water like this. I like the shot too, by the way.
EJWilkins: The female was almost still, resting on the bit of plant that was above the surface. She moved a little bit, I suppose to lay the eggs on a different part of the submerged plant. The male had to keep his wings going to stay where he was, but every so often he stopped ... and I clicked wink
Wow, great macro! The fact that they are different colours really is great too. smile The tiny ripples in the water are cool too. : )
EJWilkins: I wouldn't have know they were the same species without seeing this, so I learned a lot too. Thanks Iain
Perfect macro Ellie : nice details and very good composition and framing !
EJWilkins: Thank you Roland
Remarkable colours for the male dragonflies !! That's really nice the way they meet !!
EJWilkins: It's a very bright blue, isn't it?
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 30 May 2007, 07:47
OMG, Ellie. Don't you think you're getting a bit too risque here? grin Seriously, that you have captured this "act" at all is phenomenal. But as you always seem to do, you have gone the step beyond just capturing it. The reflections really are incredible, as are the colors. This is amazing.
EJWilkins: Hah! It never crossed my mind until now but then I'm sure some people could be offended by just about anything in nature. I was so lucky with the reflections, it must have been to do with the angle between where I was standing and the damselflies. Thanks Ginnie smile
  • Steve
  • 30 May 2007, 07:51
Great shot Ellie. You've done well to get both in focus. Your next mission is to get into the water (wellies are permitted) and shoot this scene from the side!
EJWilkins: Yeah but, no but ... they wouldn't let me into the pond, it's a wildlife centre. Grown ups have to set a good example to any children who might be watching ... Are those enough excuses? wink
Thanks a million Steve.
lol in your vfxy thumbnail i thought it was a shot of a stick man running. but alas its two pretty damselflies doing the horizontal mambo wink should this not be flagged 'risque'??? lol
EJWilkins: Hah! You're the second person to say that, Ginnie said the same, but I don't think so, not really. And anyway, this is only the egg laying part wink
Superb macro, Ellie. Wonderful capture.
EJWilkins: Thanks a million Bridge smile
how do you hunt for these things? nice shot.
EJWilkins: How? I suppose to begin with I just stop and look for a while, to get used to what's there. It can take a little while to spot insects, especially when they fly fast. After a while you can work out roughly where they're likely to stop for a moment or two ... just have to keep an eye on that place and hope, and be patient smile
Wow ! Ellie, tú me estas sorprendiendo con esto. Gran foto!. El reflejo sobre el agua es espectacular! smile

Wow! Ellie, you these surprising to me with this. Great photo. The reflection on the water is spectacular! smile
Excellent reflection
Very nice blue color
the wing details are great
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 30 May 2007, 12:53
The effect of the reflections on this picture is just fantastic...I had to look very carefully in order to separate the real from its reflection. Excelllent compo work too!
The reflections almost make this abstract. Wonderful capture. i hope you didn't get your nose wet. LOL
Ginnie's comment made me laugh... as I first wondered if these 2 charming and delicate little things were not having sex by chance...
More seriously, it's a fantastic shot, congratulations
Regards, Laurence
  • Ray
  • Thailand [Land of Smiles]
  • 30 May 2007, 14:10
Nice one! The reflections are so clear that it is as though you have photographed 4 of them. I thought the different colours signalled different species, but you have made a bit of a dent in that theory.
EJWilkins: Up till then so did I Ray, I don't know how many damselflies have different colour for the sexes. I suppose the male is brightly coloured for display, the female less so, so that when she's laying her eggs she's a little more inconspicuous.
I was rather pleased with the reflections too. smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 May 2007, 14:14
i wonder which chapter in the dragonfly karma sutra this one is from. The only thing missing is the mood music. great capture ellie.
It's a mixed marriage! Wonder what color the babies will be?

Male dragonfles are good at multi-tasking I guess.

Amazing capture!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 May 2007, 17:42
Kama sutra grin Oi vey, what most interesting and funny comments. Great shot. So how are the little swans by now?
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 30 May 2007, 17:59
Fantastic details even in the reflection. Great shot!
I like the different lines in this one - with the reflections I think this makes a good abstract smile - I like the blue colour too.....
Good capture Ellie smile
This is great. Did you happen upon them or did you have to wait for hours! All the best, Dave
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 1 Jun 2007, 01:09
Fantastic
Really, really nice Ellie. Particularly love how you also captured their reflections in the shot!
Ellie I've a problem and maybe can you help me :

When I find out a wonderful shot, I put it in my likeys and when I look into my likeys picture I see numerous Ellie's shot !
So, would you be nice enough to post very low quality shot, bad picture, blurred photography in order to help me ? Hmmmmm ?

So I put this one in my likeys, hope it is the last....
smile smile smile smile
EJWilkins: I've got loads of blurries Zeb, I'll do my best to upload one, specially for you smile
Thanks for the sideways compliment though, I do appreciate it smile
  • dougy
  • 12 Jun 2007, 16:56
Hi great shot, it good to see he took her for a drink as well
Wow!!!!!

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