Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Ebony Jewelwing is a widespread, common and yet spectacular damselfly. The male is a metallic green with blue reflections and all-black wings. Flight is generally slow and fluttery, similar to a butterfly. Both sexes open their wings, then snap them closed. The female is a dark green, not as showy as the male. Its wide, nearly uniformly smoky wings have white stigmas. It is similar to the female River Jewelwing, but the body is darker and the wings are proportionally wider. Unlike River Jewelwings, female Ebony Jewelwings do not become submerged while ovipositing.
Ebony Jewelwing pair in "wheel"
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Size: 39-57mm (1.5-2.2 in)
Habitat: small shady streams, often in forests
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, CO, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: late May to mid September
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