Cover image for the Dragonflies & Damselflies in Southern Arizona Calendar
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Taken in Tucson, Arizona at Sweetwater Wetlands using a Canon Powershot SX110IS
Flight Season: April 3 – Nov.25
Females amberwings have browner bodies and mostly clear wings with various darker markings that aid in identification. Many observers have noted that these tiny dragonflies with patterned wings resemble wasps of the family Vespidae. Which I can agree since there were some there and it was confusing to see from a distance..lol. Thus the wasp pattern of female amberwings may confer some degree of protection from predators, including other odonates and perhaps more importantly birds.
The Mexican Amberwing occurs from Southwestern New Mexico to southern California and southern Nevada, and ranges south into Mexico. It is widespread from Sea level to several thousand feet in elevation, but does not occur in the high mountains or dense forests. What for them on vegetation at pond and lake edges or the slower backwaters of streams. Like other amberwings they will occasionally sit on top of shrubs or weedy growth some distance for the water. Unlike Eastern and Slough Amberwings, Mexican Amberwings lacks well defined spots or stripes on the side of the the thorax. Females have darker bands of orange & black that cross the wings partway.