SWAMP, emerald, and Amber-winged SPREADWINGS

This is a female Swamp Spreadwing, photographed at Spring Lakes Park. This species is found at ponds with shaded, swampy edges. 

Close-up view of the Swamp Spreadwing. This species is very similar to the Elegant Spreadwing, but Swamp Spreadwings have darker legs, and the back of the head is dark. 

This is a male Swamp Spreadwing. There is a good population of these spreadwings at Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook. They fly from late May through August. 

Emerald Spreadwings are gorgeous damselflies. Their bodies are beautiful metallic green color and gleam like real emeralds in the sunlight. 

This is a male Emerald Spreadwing. They fly in late May and early June. They prefer fishless wetlands that dry up in late summer and fall. 

This female Swamp Spreadwing has aligned her body perfectly with the blade of grass. She can see around the grass stem with her widely-spaced eyes, but she would be invisible to a predator on the other side. 

This is a female Emerald Spreadwing. Females have bronze colors in addition to the metallic green. 

This is an Amber-winged Spreadwing, photographed at the Caesar Creek Wildlife Area on May 26, 2019. The amber tint to the wings is distinctive. 

Amber-winged Spreadwings have distinctive dark stripes on the side of the thorax (obscured here by pruinosity). 

Emerald Spreadwings are found in both North America and Europe, one of very few Ohio odonata species that are found on both continents. 

Emerald Spreadwings have short, stout bodies compared to most of our other spreadwings, which are usually long and thin. 

This Swamp Spreadwing is younger than the individual above. Note that the eyes are reddish-brown rather than blue, and the brown shoulder stripe is visible. Also, the side of the thorax is pale yellow instead of white on this younger individual. 

Amber-winged Spreadwings fly in late May through June. 

This Amber-winged Spreadwing was photographed at Grant Park in Centerville. Grant Park and Caesar Creek are the only two locations where I have seen this species. They live in large but shallow ponds and wetlands. 

The Emerald Spreadwing at left and above was photographed at Cox Arboretum. He is the only Emerald Spreadwing I have found there to date. All of my other sightings have been at the Beavercreek Wildlife Area.  

Another Swamp Spreadwing. The side of the thorax is white in older individuals.