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Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
The Painted Damsel (Hesperagrion heterodoxum) might be considered one of the most colorful and beautiful damselflies in the United States. It occurs in southwest Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with some records north to Colorado. It also occurs in Mexico. The shots shown here (first image to 4th: adult male, younger male, female and very young female) were taken along Limpia Creek in Fort Davis, Jeff Davis Co., Texas with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300 mm F/4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 550 EX flash.
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Mimbres Preserve
Grant Co., New Mexico
30 August 2015
32.898
-107.997
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
young female
Cibilo Creek,
Shafter,
Presidio Co., Texas
24 May 2015
The female Painted Damsel shown here and the male just following were in Pima Co., Arizona, in May, 2008.
The shot shown here shows a female Painted Damsel in the foreground and a young male out-of-focus in the background. This shot and the next 3 were taken near Fort Davis, Jeff Davis Co., Texas, in September, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
Adult male Painted Damsel in the next 2 shots.
The next two shots of male Painted Damsels were taken in Corrales, Sandoval Co., New Mexico, in August, 2011, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens and Canon 580 flash.
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
teneral female
Madera Canyon,
Davis Mountains,
Jeff Davis Co., Texas
21 August 2013
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
young male
Madera Canyon,
Davis Mountains,
Jeff Davis Co., Texas
21 August 2013
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Madera Canyon,
Davis Mountains,
Jeff Davis Co., Texas
21 August 2013
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male and female
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013

Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Bear Creek,
Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise Co., Arizona
26 August 2013


31.3827
-110.3630

Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Bear Creek,
Huachuca Mountains,
Cochise Co., Arizona
26 August 2013


31.3827
-110.3630

Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Empire Cienega,
Pima Co., Arizona
7 October 2013
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Cibilo Creek,
Shafter,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 May 2015
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
young female
Cibilo Creek,
Shafter,
Presidio Co., Texas
24 May 2015
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
young female
Gila River at Gila Cliff Dwellings,
Catron Co., New Mexico,
28 August 2015
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
young male
Middle Fork Gila River,
Gila Cliff Dwellings Natiional Monument,
Catron Co., New Mexico
29 August 2015
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
male
Mimbres Preserve
Grant Co., New Mexico
30 August 2015
32.898
-107.997
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
female
Mimbres Preserve
Grant Co., New Mexico
30 August 2015
32.898
-107.997
Painted Damsel
Hesperagrion heterodoxum
two males
Mimbres Preserve
Grant Co., New Mexico
30 August 2015
32.898
-107.997