Photographer's Note

So-called tandem created by a pair of Azure damselflies, Coenagrion puella. Translated directly from Danish these are called "Horseshoe damselfly" because of the U or horseshoe shaped marking that the male has on his rump. The females come in various forms, and this yellow-green with black markings is the most common variety. Azure damselfly has a body length of 33-37 mm and a wingspan of 40-47 mm.
These two had been wheeled (the actual mating) and were now resting before second round; the egg-laying. I'd hoped to get a pair wheeled, but that was not to be - not yet, anyway.. After the mating the male stays with the female still holding on to her and flying with her to where she lays her eggs. Actually, I did see this pair performing the egg-laying ceremony afterwards, it took place on some rotting vegetation floating in the brook. I also tried to get a few shots, but any movement rippling the water ever so slightly would make laying couples take off asap, so I had to take the photos from a distance of about 1.5 meter. Now, I don't know if you can hit an item of some 3 mm x 3,5 cm with the autofocus from that distance, but I couldn't, so this is what you get ;-)
Treatment: Crop, contrast +10, saturation +10, USM and resize.

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Additional Photos by Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 608 W: 65 N: 329] (1829)
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