Wetland Jewels

Ebony Jewelwings (Calopteryx maculata) are constant companions along woodland trails near wetlands. They perch often on trail-side vegetation, sparkling in the sun like wetland jewels – blue or green, depending on the orientation of the sun.


Jewelwings are damselflies. They’re related to dragonflies (Odonates), but distinguished by upright rather than horizontal wing positions.




Ebony Jewelwing, female

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.


7 thoughts on “Wetland Jewels

  1. They must have the same iridescent quality as the hummingbirds (and other things like bubbles). Really fun stuff and your images are exceptional.

    • Thank you for the visit and compliments. Yes, even though it is a very common damselfly, some of the captures were quite challenging and required a liberal dose of patience and good fortune!

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