Damselflies: Ebony Jewelwing

Photo of Ebony Jewelwing (female)

Five species of Broad-winged Damselflies (famliy Calopterygidae) are found in Massachusetts, but only the Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) has all-dark wings.  Females have bronze bodies and brown wings with conspicuous white spots.  Males have metallic blue-green bodies and black wings.  I find these beautiful large damsels fluttering along shallow forested streams from late-spring to mid-summer.

Photo of Ebony Jewelwing (male)

2 thoughts on “Damselflies: Ebony Jewelwing”

  1. Thanks! I got some great pictures of a damselfly with black wings with white spots and could not find it in my ohio wildlife book to identify it.

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