Monday, June 27, 2011

Ebony Jewelwing

Upon our return from Olympia, on 24 June 2011, Erika and I strolled by the flooding Cannon River in the Carleton College Arboretum.  We happened upon this exquisite Ebony Jewelwing, a damselfly of eastern North America.  True to the text in bugguide.net, this jewelwing inhabits wooded stream-sides.  The adults perch on low shrubs lit by openings in the forest canopy.  We found this female to be quite wary, but it never fluttered far, landing repeatedly on nearby sunny leaves, until finally disappearing into the dense shrubbery.

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