Friday, September 27, 2013

Ebony Jewelwing

This male Ebony Jewelwing is proclaiming his territory and trying to attract females (which have white spots on their fore-wings) by opening and closing his wings.  Males often also make courtship flights. Males guard the females with whom they have mated. Keeping track of their females may be difficult, because, according to Dubois, females are “blatantly promiscuous, mating up to five times a day and rarely with the same male."

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