Ebony Jewelwing - Male
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|This is one of the larger Damselflies we have in Northern Illinois. They are very distinctive with their large black wings.|
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Calopterygidae (Broad-winged Damselflies)
Genus Calopteryx (Jewelwings)
Species maculata (Ebony Jewelwing)
Explanation of Names
CALOPTERYX: from the Greek "kalos" (beautiful) + "pteron" (wing or feather)
MACULATA: from the Latin "macula" (a spot) - a reference to the white spot near the tip of the female's wing
One of five Nearctic species in the genus.
body length 37-57 mm
Wings of immature adults light to dark brownish; wings of mature adult males solid black; wings of females dark gray, shading to almost black apically, and with a conspicuous white spot at tip; male body metallic green or bluish; female body dark grayish or black.
Eastern two-thirds of US and eastern half of Canada
Along wooded slow-moving streams and small rivers; nymphs develop in water; adults often perch on low shrubbery in sun-lit openings in forest canopy
Adults March to October in the south; May to July/August in the north
Nymphs and adults prey on small insects and other arthropods
Not a strong flier: adults flutter, butterfly-like, a short distance when disturbed. They are easy to get close to as long as you approach slowly and don't make any sudden movements. Ebony Jewelwings prefer sunny spots in the woods but usually perch only a minute or two before flitting to another nearby spot.
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Fantastic macro shot, excellent detail, perfect colours and depth of field with not a hint of noise anywhere. Excellent framing and superb focus. Damselflies are fantastic creatures and your post is displaying this very well. The colour is just magic. Thanks for sharing this delightful photo.
great sharpness and beautiful colours
- [2009-02-22 15:10]
Excellent shot of the Ebony Jewelwing Bob,
Exceptional detail and colors! Very good DOf and nice OOF BG.
excellent photography of this insect,
shot with fine POV and framing,
a superb focus on it with great sharpness
and details, wonderfully blurred background, TFS