Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata
This is a large damselfly about 1 ¾ to 2 ¼ inches long (45 to 52 mm). The body is robust, especially in the females. The abdoman color is an unmistakable iridescent green or blue. The entire wing is black with white stigmas. Flight can look erratic with the black wings, as they are weak but graceful flyers.
This is a large damselfly about 1 ¾ to 2 ¼ inches long (45 to 52 mm). The body is robust, especially in the females. The color is an unmistakable iridescent green or blue. The entire wing is black, whereas the River Jewelwing is only partially colored.
Known from one damaged larval specimen reported on the Tongue River. Could be found throughout the southeastern part of Montana in larger warm-water prairie rivers, although we haven't seen any on the Powder River with extensive sampling efforts.
The Ebony Jewelwing is found in larger warm water streams and rivers with lots of riparian shade. Optimum habitats have sufficient submergent vegetation present (Nikula et al. 2002, Acorn 2004, Paulson 2009).
Larvae feed on a wide variety of aquatic insects, such as mosquito larvae, other aquatic fly larvae, mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp.
Adult- This damselfly will eat almost any soft-bodied flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants or termites.
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- Acorn, J. 2004. Damselflies of Alberta: flying neon toothpicks in grass. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press. 156 pp.
- Dunkle, S.W. 2000. Dragonflies through binoculars: A field guide to dragonflies of North America. New York, NY. Oxford University Press. 266 pp.
- Kohler, Nathan S. Excel spreadsheets of Odonate observations/collections in Montana.
- Paulson, D.R. 2009. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West. Princeton University Press, Princeton. 535 pp.
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