More Rambur’s Forktails
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Some time ago I published some images of Rambur’s Forktail, a damselfly that is quite common in the wetlands surrounding Tucson. These insects may be common but that doesn’t detract one iota from their extraordinary beauty. These are among the most striking insects that I’ve photographed this year.
I had another opportunity to photograph these little forktails a few days ago at Agua Caliente Park on Tucson’s east side. They were everywhere even if they were mostly reluctant to pose for me. It took a number of efforts before I was able to capture an image of this male.
I was also really pleased to get an image of a female.
I’d previously made some photographs of a female of this species and she was colored a brilliant blue. Female Rambur’s Forktails are described as being “polymorphic,” meaning that they come in a variety of colors. These may include red or burnt orange, as is the case with this female.
Images made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and stabilized by monopod, ISO 160, f13 @ 1/160.