Random Insect: Ebony jewelwing damselfly

Ebony jewelwing damselfly (Odonata: Calopterygidae: Calopteryx maculata) photographed 07/10/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

While out in my favorite floodplain forest in southeast Michigan, I saw a few of these ebony jewelwing damselflies (OdonataCalopterygidaeCalopteryx maculata).  They spent a lot of time resting on foliage, but every time I got close they fluttered around before landing farther away.  The highly active behavior of flying insects like these can make it a challenge to photograph and capture them.

As with all damselflies, the young naiads are aquatic and the winged adults are often found near water.  These individuals were less than fifty feet from the River Raisin.  Both the naiads and adults are predatory on other insects.  With this particular species, the white spots near the wing tips mark this individual as a female.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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