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We’re hitting peak season for viewing dragonflies and damselflies and I’ve been busy the past few days capturing images of as many as possible. Autumn in these parts doesn’t produce much in the way of leaf colors but in my book it makes up for it with an incredibly colorful display of dragonflies and damselflies.
Recently I made a number of images of Blue-ringed Dancers. These little damselflies (about 1 1/4 inch in length) are plentiful over at Sweetwater Wetlands if you know where to look. They like to perch low, just a few inches above water level on twigs that overhang a creek or a small pond or that are immediately adjacent to it. The males are pretty easy to identify because of the narrow, bright blue rings on their abdomens.
Females are quite a bit more difficult in my opinion, but one giveaway is that one usually finds them in mixed company with the males. They are not brightly colored as are the males but they are subtly beautiful in their own right.
Like all damselflies and dragonflies, Blue-ringed Dancers are efficient little predators. They are absolutely deadly at chasing down and capturing tiny insects such as gnats and mosquitos in flight.
I love to photograph these insects. They may be common but that doesn’t detract from their beauty, not one iota.
Images made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 mm f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and stabilized by monopod, M setting, ISO 160, f13 @ 1/160.