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Band-winged Dragonlet (64)
Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
This post is dedicated to Loot who helped me to learn how to get more definition and detail out of my lens. I will over simplify, but I now realize that, for this type of shot I should:
1. Always try to use ISO 100 if light conditions will allow.
2. Use an aperture of f8.0 to f11.0 for better sharpness/detail.
3. Try not to use the full focal range of lens.

For this shot:
Aperture = f10.0
Shutter = 1/160s
ISO = 100
Focal Length = 210mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens
(Cropped, re-sized, and sharpened in Picasa. Slight USM using GIMP. Despeckle background using PhotoStudio)
Hand held

Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata)

I would never have been able to identify this species had it not been for my friends at Bug Guide. This is the female and she does not have a dark band on her wings as the male does.

Size: Total length: 38-47 mm; abdomen: 23-34 mm; hindwing: 25-34 mm.

Distribution: Florida and Texas south throughout Central America south to Argentina; occasional stray to eastern U.S.

Identification: This is a larger dragonlet, second in size only to the similar Black-winged Dragonlet (E. funerea). Mature males are olivaceous with a broad stripe in the wings extending between the nodus and pterostigma. Males become pruinose, but the cerci remain pale. The wing band becomes progressively darker with age. Female’s may be similar to the male, but with a paler, reduced stripe in each wing that does not reach the pterostigma. Other, generally more common, females lack a prominent wing band, but have dark wingtips. Young individuals of both sexes have pale rectangular spots laterally on the abdomen. Occasionally the hindwing may be amber or brown basally.

Habitat: Permanent and temporary marshy ponds, pools and lakes.

Source: http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/fieldguide/species.asp?taxaid=259

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Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Remove Hot Spots
Edited by:Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)

Thanks to those who called my attention to the hot spots (over exposure) on the twig. I tried to cover them using the clone tool in GIMP.