EASTERN AMBERWING

Male Eastern Amberwing. This is one of our smallest dragonflies (only the rare Elfin Skimmer is smaller). Eastern Amberwings are one of the most abundant dragonfly species in our area.

Female Eastern Amberwing. The females have spotted wings and are thought to be wasp mimics. 

This is a teneral Eastern Amberwing. Its wings are still pressed tightly together, but they will soon unfurl.

Eastern Amberwings are very common around ponds and lakes. They fly from May through September (with occasional stragglers into October). 

Here is a handy size comparison. This Eastern Amberwing was hanging out with a Slender Bluet at Cox Arboretum. You can see how small the dragonfly is by comparing him to the tiny damselfly at left.