Monday, August 9, 2010

Ebony Jewelwing

Damselflies are an interesting type of insect related to the
dragonflies through the order Odonata.  They have the same basic
body design as dragonflies but have wings that fold backward
over a slender body as opposed to outstretched wings and
a stouter body in dragonflies.  Their habiats include shady
riparian corridors along larger streams which is where I found
this Ebony Jewelwing (Calopterxy maculata).  Unlike other flies
their flight motion is sluggish and fluttery like a large moth or butterfly.   

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