Dragonfly ~ Mexican Amberwing (Female) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Cover image for the Dragonflies & Damselflies in Southern Arizona Calendar

3rd Place in the Best Dragon of Summer 2010 Challenge!
2nd Place in the The letter “D” challenge.!

104 views as of 7-9-10

Taken in Tucson, Arizona at Sweetwater Wetlands using a Canon Powershot SX110IS

Family: Skimmers
Flight Season: April 3 – Nov.25

Mexican Amberwing
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.




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  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous wings, Kimberly!

  • Thank you Lisa, I was pleased that this came out this well too!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kane Slater
    Kane Slaterover 4 years ago

  • I am blown away! Thank you so very much for this, you have made my evening!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago

    what am awesome dragonfly that you have captured very well :)) k

  • Thank you Kristina, I appreciate the time you took to visit!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    stunning capture

  • Thank you Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Oh wow that is truly gorgeous!!!! Are you using a macro lens? Beautiful, really well done!

  • No M’am, no Macro. I use the smaller of my P&S’s (SX110). I prefer it to the SX10 for closeups, better focus in my opinion. I am a poor little girl, haven’t a big toy yet……

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...over 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture Kimberly, amazing detail and the light is perfect, well done :)

  • Thank you so much Jordy! I so apprecaite the time youtook to visit my world!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Love the detail

  • Thank you so much for stopping by!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Wow Ray, thank you very much! I am honored yet again Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderover 4 years ago

    Fantastic dragonfly, I really love this one. Great focus and detail. Great bokeh background and POV.

  • Tony, that makes my heart smile, thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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