Canyon Rubyspot
Hetaerina vulnerata
The Canyon Rubyspot (Hetaerina vulnerata) is a damselfly of the extreme SW United States in parts of New Mexico and Arizona. There are a couple of old Texas records as well. The species ranges south through Mexico into Guatemala and Honduras. The first shot shows a male which was perched on a rock in a ca. 10-acre clearing near a stream in the cloud forest of El Triunfo, Chiapas, Mexico, in March 2005. The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300 mm F/4 L IS lens with a 2X extender and 580 EX flash
The next two shots (of a male, first, and a young female, next) were taken on the Blue River, San Carlos Indian Reservation, Gila Co., Arizona, in April, 2005 with the same equipment as the previous image.
The female Canyon Rubyspot shown here was found along Bonita Creek, Graham Co., Arizona, in May, 2008. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender. Interestingly, this individual appears to have only 3 legs.
The male in the shot shown here as well as the female in the next shot were both at the same location as the female previous.