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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ebony Jewelwing

This is one of the most common damselflies, but who wouldn't like its bright body and lovely name?

This is a boy. The girls don't have shiny blue-green bodies, but they do have a white spot on the wing.

ebony jewelwing damselfly

You can tell damselflies from dragonflies because the damselflies rest with their wings along their bodies like this one. Dragonfly wings are always at right angles to their bodies. However, they are both in the order Odonata.

The ebony jewelwing is Calopteryx maculata.

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rainfield61 said...

It is a great critter for macro photography.

A handsome guy.

Lynn Proctor said...

such a beautiful picture!!

Ann said...

well isn't he the handsome little thing :)

john bain said...

Nice weather here at last. Brings out lots of winged insects. We have damselflies too. Bit early for them yet.

Lin said...

I don't think we have those here. If so, I don't see them in the back 40.

Sharkbytes said...

rainfield- I knew you would like it! But I could never have gotten the camera close enough to it for macro

Lynn- once in a while I get lucky!

Ann- they glow in the sun as if the light had rubbed off on them

John- I bet you have different kinds. We do too, but this is the most easily seen

Lin- I'm sure you do- they like wetlands.

Chuck said...

Interesting. Now we can identify the male damselfly--even if it does seem to be an oxymoron. Love that pic.