Amelia's Threadtail
Neoneura amelia
The Amelia's Threadtail (Neoneura amelia) is a member of the family Protoneuridae and within the U.S. occurs only in Texas. It is also found southward into parts of Mexico southward to Panama. It is fairly rare and local within Texas and occurs only in the deep southern portions of the state. The shots here of a male in flight, a pair in tandem, and two shots in-hand were taken along the banks of the Rio Grande in San Ygnacio, Zapata Co., Texas in May, 2005. A very large mayfly hatch had occurred along the river and the tandem pairs were seen ovipositing into the debris created from thousands of dead mayflies collected near the shore. These photos were all digital captures with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580EX flash. The shot on the right is not sharp and is cropped significantly from the original, but I will leave it posted as as the only flight shot I currently have.
This shot shows the pair of Amelia's Threadtails with a female Dusky Dancer (Argia translata)
This female Amelia's Threadtail was at Bentsen State Park, in December, 2010. This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500 lens and Canon 580 flash.