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Genus Calopteryx - Jewelwings

Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata - female Ebony Jewelwing Male (Calopteryx maculata) - Calopteryx maculata Female River Jewelwing - Calopteryx aequabilis - female Superb Jewelwing - Calopteryx amata - male metallic green damselfly with wingspot - Calopteryx maculata superb jewelwing - Calopteryx amata  Calopteryx maculata? - Calopteryx maculata - male Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata - female
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 Calopteryx (Jewelwings)
Other Common Names
USE: The Odonata of North America for Common Names
USE: The Odonata of North America for Scientific Names
Explanation of Names
CALOPTERYX: from the Greek "kalos" (beautiful) + "pteron" (wing or feather)
Numbers
5 species in North America (nearctica.com)
Size
body length 37-66 mm
Identification
wings not clear but color varies according to species - may be reddish, brownish, or black; sexually dimorphic - tips of wings darker than remainder of wing in males of some species
Range
most of North America except southwestern US and the arctic
Habitat
wooded slow-moving streams and rivers; larvae are aquatic; adults usually found on vegetation near water
Season
mostly spring and summer
Food
larvae and adults prey on insects and other arthropods
Internet References
live adult images of 4 species (Glenn Corbiere, Massachusetts)