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Ebony Jewelwing - Male

Ebony Jewelwing - Male
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Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-22 2:31
Viewed: 2989
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the larger Damselflies we have in Northern Illinois. They are very distinctive with their large black wings.

From Bugguide.net:


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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Hallo Bob
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.
Best regards

hello Bob
nice composition
great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-22 15:10]

Excellent shot of the Ebony Jewelwing Bob,
Exceptional detail and colors! Very good DOf and nice OOF BG.

hello Bob

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


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