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You first catch a glimpse of black wings that flit and flutter in the vegetation on the banks of a tranquil woodland stream. You go for a closer look and see a creature alight softly on a leaf, black wings poised sail-like above a long, slender, iridescent green or blue body. There, it remains mostly motionless except for its head, with two enormous black eyes, that follows you as you move about. You’ve just found a male Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata), a common damselfly of eastern North America.

Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata male

Ebony Jewelwing male

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