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It’s been quite a while since I posted photos of American Rubyspot damselflies. These gorgeous insects are among my absolute favorites not only because of their delicate beauty but because of the intense red spots on the males’ wings. I photographed a male Rubyspot a few days ago in the Riparian Habitat at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum maintains some small areas containing both still and running water and these locations attract all sorts of insects. One can probably travel six or seven miles in any direction from the museum grounds without encountering similar standing water, so it’s a wonder to me how these insects find the place. But, they do, and I’ve had good success at the museum photographing damselflies and dragonflies.
If you look closely at this image I think you’ll see why I love these insects so much. Rubyspots are fairly large as damselflies go — about two inches long — and the details of these insects’ delicate wings photograph better than is the case with smaller species. Those deep wing spots and the insect’s matching garnet colored eyes are sublime, I think.
Here’s a photograph of a female American Rubyspot. I took this photo this morning at Sabino Canyon adjacent to the creek. She is perched on a Buttonbush, a plant that grows right next to running water.
She is certainly less flamboyant than is the male but not less beautiful, in my opinion. The female retains a hint of red in her wings and in her eyes, just enough to accentuate the delicacy of her physique. Just gorgeous, I think.
Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, M setting. The first image was made at ISO 125, f13 @ 1/160. The second image was made at ISO 125, f9 @ 1/160.