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Mexican amberwing        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Amberwings are small dragonflies that often perch near the ground.   The Mexican amberwing is common in the American southwest; I photographed the two females on a cockleburr stem (above, left) and a twig (lower right), and a males on twigs; all were at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, California, in September and October.

  • digital captures, Canon 1D MK. II or 1D3 or 40D; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, extension tubes, fill-in flash (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)