Mexican Amberwing

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We are well into peak dragonfly and damselfly season.  Each year I try to photograph as many of these delightful insects as possible and this year is no exception.  Recently, I photographed a male Mexican Amberwing.


These gorgeous little dragonflies (about 1 1/2 inches in length) are among the most beautiful of the damselflies and dragonflies that I have the pleasure of photographing.  In sunlight they glimmer like pieces of gold.


This species is quite common in Arizona and, as its name suggests, in Sonoran Mexico.  Unlike some species they aren’t always found right at water’s edge.  I photographed this individual at least 20 yards away from the creek at Sweetwater Wetlands.  Mexican Amberwings are among the easiest of dragonflies to photograph.  They are relatively tame in the presence of people and will sit obligingly for their portraits so long as one doesn’t make sudden movements around them.  But, the ease of photographing this species doesn’t detract at all from the excitement that I feel when I get the opportunity to capture its image.

Images made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180mm f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and stabilized by monopod, M setting, ISO 160, f11 @ 1/160.

One response to “Mexican Amberwing”

  1. tkiiatmindspringcom says :

    You’ve shown us many pictures of dragonflies over the years, but this may be your best!

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