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Species Hetaerina americana - American Rubyspot

American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana - male odonate - Hetaerina americana Damselfly - Hetaerina americana Hetaerina - Hetaerina americana - female Hetaerina americana  - Hetaerina americana American rubyspot female? - Hetaerina americana - female Rubyspot Damselfly - Hetaerina americana American Rubyspot Damselfly - Hetaerina americana - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Calopterygidae (Broad-winged Damselflies)
Genus Hetaerina (Rubyspots)
Species americana (American Rubyspot)
Numbers
One of three Nearctic species in the genus
Size
Length 3.8-4.6 cm
Identification
Males striking, unmistakable. Females occur in two forms, with either green or copper-colored marks on thorax.
Range
Among the states, Washington and Idaho lack records of this species. The range continues from the United States south into Mexico. In Canada, these provinces have records: Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
Habitat
Streams of various sizes
Season
May-November in mid-Atlantic states, e.g. Virginia
Food
Predatory
Life Cycle
Female oviposits in aquatic vegetation, sometimes submerging herself. Male often guards from above, but not in contact with female.
Print References
Lam, p. 21 (1)
Dunkle (2)
Nikula (3)
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.
2.Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1991. Scientific Publishers.
3.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.

Not only
streams. (At least here west of Chicago). I find these damsels frequently along the shores of lakes and ponds.

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