Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jewelwings

Ebony Jewelwing
 Jewelwings are broadwing damselflies. Damselflies are different from dragonflies because all four of their wings are approximately the same size and shape. With dragonflies their front wings are a different size and shape then their hind wings. Broadwinged damselflies get their name because the base of their wings gradually broaden unlike other damselfly families whose wings connect to the thorax in more of a stalk shape.
River Jewelwing
Here in Minnesota we have only 3 species of broadwing damselfly. They are the American rubyspot, which is a metallic red in color, and the two jewelwings. The two species that we have look very similar with a metallic green thorax and abdomen. The difference is in the wings. The wings of the ebony jewelwing, top, are entirely black where the river jewelwing has wings that are black at the tip and clear at the base. Both of these species are usually found around rivers and they often share the same habitat. Jewelwings with a white stigma, white spot on the wing, indicate that the damselfly is a female.



11 comments:

Light and Voices said...

Perfect close-up photographs. Impressive work.
Joyce M

Barb said...

An informative blog with great pics. Well done.

Gwen said...

Beautiful photos you have here.

SRQ said...

Interesting. I never knew there was such a thing as a damselfly. Great photos!

Pat said...

Lovely captures!

Norma Ruttan said...

I've seen plenty of dragonflies, but I do not recall ever seeing a damselfly. Their body is long and stick-like.

Cafe au lait said...

Fantastic shots!

I played too. Mine are here and here.

W. Latane Barton said...

That's a pretty little creature! I don't see many dragonflies in my area.

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful detail in these photos Jeff. I think I have photos of an ebony jewelwing and as I remember it was very delicate and hard to get a photo of. Lovely...thank you for linking into Nature Notes...Michelle

Cynthia M. said...

Beautiful photos! I love Jewelwings as well. One of my favorite memories is of kayaking through a weedy section of a river, and emerging into what must have been a hatching of Ebony Jewelwings. That was my first time encountering the species, and I was completely enchanted with them.

synge lucia said...

Stunning pictures! I really like Jewelwings too. Among my personal favorite reminiscences is actually associated with water-skiing via a weedy portion of the water, as well as rising in to exactly what should have already been the hatching associated with Ebony Jewelwings. Which was my personal very first time experiencing the actual varieties, as well as We had been totally captivated together.



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