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Ebony Jewelwing, Black-winged Damselfly (Calopteryx maculata)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Calopterygidae
Genus: Calopteryx
Species: maculata (mak-yoo-LAY-ta) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Charleston, Arkansas
Niantic, Connecticut
Seymour, Connecticut
Gainesville, Florida
Dillard, Georgia
Hiawassee, Georgia
Rome, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Divernon, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Staten Island, New York
Columbus, Ohio (2 reports)
Glouster, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Mequon, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 4, 2011, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

To get close photos, approach slowly. When mating they form a heart shape. Female has white spots on wing tips.


On Sep 2, 2009, Inzektorider wrote:

I would just like to add that I found this insect in Quebec, so it exists outside the states.


On Jan 23, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This species is also known as butterfly damselfly because of its slow flying rate, flapping its winds like a butterfly. It is very distinct from other damselflies. It like woodland edge but strongly prefer sunny spots. They like to gather in groups in midsummer. I often get one or two in my yard from some group that usually gather near a nearby creek. They prefer to lay their eggs near shaded small streams, creeks, or whatever you call them. The creek near my house are about 3 to 4 feet wide but shallow and sandy bottom with only hair algae as the only aquatic vegetation on rocks and I have never seen fish in it.

The males have their wings all dark brown while the females have the white marks on them.