Dressed in Red

While driving the Sherburne NWR (east-central Minnesota), I ran across a lot of these beauties that were perched/flying around the prairie grasses and wildflowers. I’m not sure of the ID, but they look like male Half-banded Toper dragonflies (Sympetrum semicinctum); if anyone knows for sure what these are, please let me know. Here are a few of my favorite images:

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JimBraswell-C5DMK3-2380-HalfBandedToperDF-2

Half-banded Toper Dragonfly

Half-banded Toper Dragonfly

Half-banded Toper Dragonfly

Half-banded Toper Dragonfly

If I’m correct this is the male. In another post, I’ll share what I believe to be the female of the same species.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens + Canon 1.4x TC (for some of the images)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 to ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/400 sec. to 1/1250 sec.

 

 

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Posted in 2015, Blog, Insect Photography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Travel Photography
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