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 are dark on the back of the head.
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 a beautiful metallic green color and gleam like real emeralds in the sunlight.
This is a male Emerald Spreadwing. I have found several Emerald Spreadwings at Beavercreek Wildlife Area in late May and early June.
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. Emeralds have short, stout bodies compared to most of our other spreadwings, which are usually long and thin.
This is an Amber-winged Spreadwing, photographed at the Caesar Creek Wildlife Area on May 26, 2019. Caesar Creek is the only location where I have found this species. The amber tint to the wings is distinctive. Amber-winged Spreadwings also have distinctive dark stripes on the side of the thorax.