Other Flying Objects: Spotted Spreadwing

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 18 Dec 2014

Doing some filing the other day I found a rather strange image of a Spotted Spreadwing taken in Centennial Woods over the summer.  I don’t believe I’ve featured a spreadwing here before- they’re fairly large damselflies that are easy to pick out because they (usually) hold their wings spread away from their abdomen.  There are nine species of spreadwing commonly found in Northern New England, and the one I encounter most often is the Spotted Spreadwing.

Spotted Spreadwing
Centennial Woods, Burlington, Vermont
August, 2013
Tamron AF18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II at 183mm, f/10, 1/200s, ISO320

I have no idea what is going on with the background.  There were fallen white pine needles behind the subject, but I don’t know why they look so dynamic. I wish I could take credit for it!

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