Rare blue

By: Arjen Drost

Jun 26 2011

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Category: Dragonflies, insects, Macro, nature, Photography

3 Comments

Aperture:f/3.5
Focal Length:180mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:1/2000 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Female Ornate Bluet

Today Geert and I went to Germany to find two rare damselflies, the Ornate and Mercury Bluet. The first has never been seen in the Netherlands for a long time, the latter has recently been rediscovered. In Germany both species occur in reasonable numbers, though they get more common towards the eastern parts. After a great start, the first blue damselfly was found at 4 meters away from the car and turned out to be a male Ornate Bluet, the great search began. After several hours of searching the result was 2 more male Ornate Bluets and 2 females (one of which is shown in the picture above). Apart from this we saw many Azure Bluets (they really look more azure blue, compared to the Ornates) and, to my great surprise a Blue-eye. More on that one later this week.

Most Ornate Bluets didn’t want to pose properly, only this female gave us some chance to take a nice picture of it.

3 comments on “Rare blue”

  1. Nice, I’m always jealous at people who have dragonflies close by :p

    • It just takes some patience. Especially with damselflies it pays to look closely in higher grass. They often rest there. Then you have to take it slow and approach slowly until you’re close enough for a picture.


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