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Black-winged Damselfly - Calopteryx maculata - male

Black-winged Damselfly - Calopteryx maculata - Male
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
June 18, 2004
- Calopteryx maculata?

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Black-winged Damselfly - Calopteryx maculata - male Black-winged Damselfly - Calopteryx maculata - male

Yes, Calopterxy maculata, male
Yes, that's the male Ebony Jewelwing. Female has white spot on wing. They are just lovely, but I have yet to get a photo that really does them justice. Those irridescent colors are so hard to light up but not burn out the highlights--it's like trying to photograph a green mirror.

Real common down in the Sandhills, and pretty common up here in the Piedmont. I always enjoy seeing them at Weymouth Woods Preserve. You are supposed to have the Sparkling Jewelwing (C. dimidiata) in the Sandhills as well, but I've never seen it. Randy Emmitt has seen it on the Lumber River in April. Maybe it flies in spring. Something to look forward to, perhaps.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Yes, they are beautiful. My problem is they are always in a shady spot. If I could get one out in some sunlight without a flash I could get a decent picture, I think.

With patience, you can sneak up on them. Sometimes, no flash is necessary.

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