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Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) female.  This is a species of damselfly.  Damselflies are very similar to dragonflies, however, when at rest, damselflies fold their wings above their bodies, whereas dragonflies keep them out by their sides.  This is a female Ebony Jewelwing, with its black wings and lighter colored body than that of the male.  Females also have a white spot on their wings.  “Ebony Jewelwings can be seen flying from May to August.  They eat large numbers of gnats, aphids, flies, and other insects” (FCPS).  CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes