Ebony Jewelwing

Spotted a beautifully colored damselfly on the Shasta daisies this morning. This is Ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata).

Ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) on Shasta daisy

The rich black wings and the metallic blue-green body indicate it is male.

Ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) on Shasta daisy

He rested patiently while I took pictures, opening his wings slowly and infrequently (the video is set to loop, so it exaggerates the action).

He lingered awhile longer then gracefully lifted himself away.

Ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) on Shasta daisy


19 thoughts on “Ebony Jewelwing

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The electric blue surely gets him notice. I was glad to get a photo of this little guy. We saw one of these at last year’s fling that started to write about but I never finished.

  1. Ali

    I love that colour and shine! Thank you for capturing this. I always stop what I am doing if a dragonfly or damselfly pops by. They are very special.

  2. Cathy

    What a beautiful colour. Well-captured! I saw a flash of blue near a brook yesterday, and it was no doubt something similar. Thanks for sharing!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Christina. It’s funny we can be just in the right spot for a certain moment in time. Haven’t seen this insect since, although I am starting to see butterflies and other interesting creatures.


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