On Saturday Scott King also introduced me to a third broad-winged damselfly--the American Rubyspot. (The broad-wings are a family of damselflies that includes the jewelwings.) These gorgeous creatures are down-right tropical, ranging from Central America, across almost all of the United States, and on into northeastern Canada. Like the jewelwings, look for American Rubyspots along creeks and rivers. We found this rubyspot in Dakota County where Chub Creek meets the Cannon River.
Female rubyspots submerge when laying eggs on creek vegetation. As they lay their eggs, the females are often guarded by their males from above (Bugguide.net). While we watched, Scott and I witnessed some interesting rubyspot behavior, which I will share with you in a future post.