Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Eastern Amberwing

The eastern amberwing is one of the smallest dragonflies found in North America. At an average size of around .9 inches only the elfin skimmer, which averages .8 inches, is smaller. They are usually found around still water with plenty of surface vegetation such as ponds or backwaters. In this case I photographed this amberwing in the backwaters of Purgatory Creek. Eastern amberwings are usually difficult to photograph because they seem more wary then other dragons. This may be because their small size makes them a target for other predators, including the larger dragons.

7 comments:

Country Mouse Studio said...

how beautiful it is, I love the name of the creek.

KaHolly said...

They may be tiny, but they are gorgeous with those amber wings! Great job getting this one to pose so perfectly for you! ~karen

Viola said...

So funny, with the wings. A beautiful photo! :)

J Bar said...

Amazing macro shot.
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wenn said...

so cute!

Sanna said...

Beautiful dragonfly, so nice colour!

Beverly said...

Beautiful dragon! I love to see your pics...wonderful stuff!

I 'shot' my first dragonfly...nothin' spectacular in photography or subject, but I am so thrilled that pond I've been trying to get finished may just be filled before snow flies! Yippieeee...more dragons!

Thanks for all your wonderful info!