Ebony Jewelwing
A Damselfly in State College
August 12, 2012

On the whole, I find it quite difficult to identify damselflies; however, an ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) stands out like no other. The bright color is unbelievable!

I was only able to get one clear photo, but I think it is sufficient.

Ebony jewelwing

I was walking along a forested section of the game land when I noticed the black wings; at first I thought it was a butterfly. The jewelwing, as it turned out to be, paused briefly time and again, and eventually I had a clear photo.

Damselflies are beautiful in themselves, but the jewelwing is the jewel of damselflies.

Photo note: The photo was taken with a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, on July 13, 2012.

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