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.

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

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Ebony Jewelwing, female

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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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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