Ebony Jewelwing & American Rubyspot
Female Ebony Jewelwing. Females have a white spot (stigma) near their wingtips. This species is abundant near heavily-shaded woodland streams, from May through September.
Male American Rubyspot. This is our other large metallic damselfly. American Rubyspots generally prefer fast-moving waters, such as rivers. The Germantown MetroPark dam is a good place to find them. They can also be found along the banks of the Great Miami and Little Miami Rivers (and I have occasionally seen them at ponds on rare occasions, such as Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook and Cox Arboretum).
Another male American Rubyspot. This species can linger late into fall. I've found Rubyspots from mid-May through late October, but they are particularly abundant in late summer and autumn.
Male Ebony Jewelwing. Their bodies can look green or blue, depending on the light. Like other damselflies, Ebony Jewelwings usually hold their wings folded at rest, but the individual at left was "clapping" his wings (opening and closing them at short intervals).
Female American Rubyspot. Rubyspots are very fond of water willows, and it is easy to find these beautiful damselflies by searching water willows along a riverbank.
Another female American Rubyspot, lacking the characteristic red color.
Male Ebony Jewelwing in the more typical resting posture, with wings closed.