Sunday, October 24, 2010

Eastern Amberwing

One of the smaller dragonflies that we see around here are the eastern amberwing. At about .9 inches the only dragonfly smaller is the elfin skimmer, which reach about .8 inches. They are sometimes mistaken for Halloween pennants, because of their color, but their much smaller size, Halloween pennants are about 1.5 inches, is a dead give away.They are members of the skimmer family and like many other skimmers their colorful wings help to identify them as skimmers. Their preferred habitat is still stagnant waters, such as ponds and backwaters, in the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada. I frequently see them perched on rafts of floating vegetation.

14 comments:

Kim, USA said...

Super beautiful!!
Macro Monday

Kala said...

Lovely details of the amber colored wings!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Beautiful details on those wings, amazing to see so up close.

Jama said...

So lovely and delicate! and I love that shot of the black eyed susan too.

Hannah said...

Wow, they are beautiful! Wonderful shots!

Maaike said...

so much nice details!
great shots

Marie said...

I love it!!!!!

Cecilia Artista said...

Fantastic shots!
Beautiful dragonfly!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

OMGosh, the magic of your camera to show such detail and color! I've never seen this color in dragonflies. Here in Texas we have blue ones with transparent wings which take on the color of the background...tricky shooting! Enjoyed my visit to your blog...beautiful photography throughout!

Audrey @ TheDailyWyatt.blogspot.com said...

Wow this is amazing! I love the detail!

SarahinSC said...

Wow! Amazing picture and I learned something new too!

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

A most unusual dragonfly - we don't have any orange winged ones here! Great pictures, as usual!

clairz said...

Oh, my. These are exquisite.

jo©o said...

Hiya,

Lovely version of the dragonflies. Like butterscotch.

Setting the birds free as in your next post, must be a little bit sad as well as satisfying.
I like the way you caught the actual moments.