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Image number: 2400286

White-legged damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) adult male with wings parasitized by midges (Forcipomyia paludis) and standing on a leave of Sedge (Carex sp) at the edge of a pond in a marsh, in spring, Picardy, France.

© Samuel Dhier / Biosphoto

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Image size: 3744x5616 pixels (12.5"x18.7" @300dpi)

Shooting date : 2018-05-26

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This individual carries three small parasitic midges (Forcipomyia paludis) gripping the membrane of its wings. These tiny dipteres attach themselves so firmly to the odonate's wings that they hold themselves even during the flight of the dragonfly. They feed by sucking the hemolymph (the blood of insects) that circulates in the veins of the wings.

Keywords

Wild animal / Insect / Odonate / Damselfly / Damselfly (Platycnemis sp) / White-legged damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)

Wild animal / Insect / True fly / Midge / Biting midge (Forcipomyia paludis)

Flora / Spermatophyte / Flowering plant / Monocotyledon / Poales order / Cyperaceae family / Sedge (Carex sp)

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Diptera / Nematocera / Ceratopogonidae / Forcipomyia

Individual / Nobody

May

Area / Freshwater wetland area / Bank (rive)

Atmosphere / Seasons / Temperate season / Spring

Europe / European Union / France / Hauts-de-France / Picardie

Shot / Macrophotography

Shot / Overview

Shot / Profile shot

Posing

Individual / Stage of development / Imago

Enumeration / Alone

Individual / Male

Species / Relation between species / Parasitism / Parasite

Species / Diet pattern / Hematophagous

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Odonata / Zygoptera / Platycnemididae / Platycnemis

Eukaryota / Archaeplastida / Chlorobionta / Embryophyta / Tracheophyta / Spermatophyta / Phanerogamae / Angiospermae / Monocotyledoneae / Poales / Cyperaceae / Carex

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