Friday, June 18, 2010

Ebony Jewelwing

Today I chased down one of my favorite Odonates, the Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata). They are damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) in the family Calopterygidae.This ones flight was very quick and erratic, it took quite a quick sprint to capture it. The photo does not do the creature justice, the shiny metallic body of this species really needs to be appreciated in person.


Richard said...

One of my favorites also. I love how they shimmer against the green foliage. Nice image, also!
Anyone who can catch one of these has my utmost admiration!

Weird Bug Lady said...

Thank you! I don't see these too often, so I figured I should try to get a closer look.

I've let my butterfly net skills get a bit rusty, I used to spend all summer chasing things down on the wing... I've been trying to get back into that a bit. It's fun when insects put up a challenge.

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