Autumn Amberwing

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Autumn in the Tucson area is peak dragonfly season.  At locations like Sweetwater Wetlands the air teems with these beautiful insects and at times it seems that one cannot turn around without seeing one.  I was over there yesterday morning and had a field day photographing dragonflies.  Among the insects that I photographed was this one.

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This is a male Mexican Amberwing, among the smallest, but also a competitor for the title of prettiest, dragonflies that one often sees this time of year.  It really is quite tiny when compared to some of the other dragonflies that inhabit the wetlands.  The big skimmers and darners are as much as three inches long.  An amberwing, by comparison, generally is not much more than an inch in length.

It is among the easiest of dragonflies to photograph. It has a habit of picking a particular branch or stem and returning over and over again to perch on it.  So, even if the insect flies away while one attempts to take its picture, the odds are great that it will return, sometimes within seconds, but certainly within a minute or two.  Photographing one of these little beauties can be a real confidence builder.

Photo taken with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, f18 @ 1/160.

3 responses to “Autumn Amberwing”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    This is a most beautiful dragonfly. He looks like a dancer or a flower. Great photo!

  2. Sue says :

    This may ell be your most exquisite photograph.

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