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Species Hetaerina americana - American Rubyspot

American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana - female American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana - male Damselfly with red-white markings on anterior of wing - Hetaerina americana American Rubyspot? - Hetaerina americana - male Hetaerina americana American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana - female American Rubystart - Hetaerina americana - male American Rubyspot? - Hetaerina americana - male
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)
One of three Nearctic species in the genus
Length 3.8-4.6 cm
Males striking, unmistakable. Females occur in two forms, with either green or copper-colored marks on thorax.
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.
Streams of various sizes
May-November in mid-Atlantic states, e.g. Virginia
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.