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Ebony Jewelwing

Calopteryx maculata


It is between 39–57 mm (1.5–2.2 in). The males have metallic blue-green bodies and black wings. Females have duller brown bodies and smoky wings and glistening white spots near tip wings. Naiad have pale brown bodies with darker markings


It lives near wooded streams and rivers. Ebony Jewelwings flutter like a butterfly. When disturbed they fly a short distance to safety. These damselflies are easy to get close to as long as you approach slowly and don't make any sudden movements. They will often stop to rest on leaves or twigs. Ebony Jewelwings may fly far from water. They can be seen in the middle of the woods, while most damselflies and dragonflies are usually seen near ponds, lakes, or rivers


found throughout most of the United States (except 15 of the states) and southern Canada. [edit] Flight season This damselfly species is can be seen almost all year round in some regions. [4] [edit] Prey The Ebony Jewelwing has a wide variety of prey, including:[3] Asian Tiger Mosquito, Giant Willow Aphid, Fungus Gnat, Crane Fly, Large Diving Beetle, Eastern Dobsonfly, Water Flea, Green Darner, Aquatic Worm, Northern caddis fly, Rotifer, Copepod, Scud, Dogwood Borer, Six-spotted Tiger Beetle, Flatworm, and Green Hydra [edit] Predators The damselfly also has many predators, including:[3] Great Crested Flycatcher, American Robin, Big Brown Bat, Green Darner, Large Diving Beetle, Eastern Dobsonfly, Mallard, Eastern Painted Turtle, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Creek Chub, Channel Catfish, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Common Snapping Turtle, Southern Leopard Frog, Common Carp, Common Water Strider, and Northern hogsucker [edit] Shelter plants The Ebony Jewelwing has many plants it uses for shelter. The following is list of plants.[3] Yellow Pond Lily, Hydrilla, Lizard's Tail, Green Algae, Pickerelweed, Common Cattail, Tussock Sedge, Greater Bladderwort, Common Duckweed, Black Willow, Spotted Jewelweed, Spotted Joe-pye Weed, Poison Ivy, Wild Grape, Sassafras, Greenbrier, and Buttonbush

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MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

Thanks , Beautiful Insect for Sure

renanulisses 9 years ago

This color is really interesting for an insect.. good picture!

MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

I saw so many after I spotted this one, very pretty indeed

dotun55 9 years ago

Great spotting, well-detailed.
Damselflies are delicate, certainly more attractive (colorful) than dragonflies.
Spotted a pretty damsel this morning, never gave a chance for a couple of shots :(

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice spotting and good info. Thanks Michelle.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 6, 2012
Submitted on Aug 6, 2012


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