I photographed this Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly near a wooded stream while hiking near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I see these Damselflies near this spring-fed stream every year.

The Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly (Calopteryx Maculata) is a species of damselfly found in North America and parts of Europe. They are characterized by their iridescent, black bodies and large, translucent wings. They are typically found near streams and rivers, and they feed on small insects, such as flies and mosquitoes.

Ebony Jewelwing
Ebony Jewelwing

The Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly is a beautiful and fascinating species of damselfly that can be found in Arkansas. These insects are part of the Odonata order and are known for their striking black and iridescent green coloration.

The Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly can be found near streams, rivers, and other bodies of water in Arkansas, where they lay their eggs and hunt for food. Their wingspan can reach up to 2 inches, making them one of the larger damselflies in the region.

One of the most notable features of the Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly is its iridescent green coloration. This color is produced by the microscopic structure of their wings and changes depending on the angle of the light, making them appear to shimmer and change color as they fly.

These damselflies are also important to the ecosystem in Arkansas, as they play a role in controlling insect populations and are a food source for birds and other predators. They feed on small insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and other small flying insects.

In order to protect and conserve the Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly, it is important to maintain the health of the streams, rivers, and other bodies of water in Arkansas. This can be done by reducing pollution, managing invasive species, and preserving the natural habitats of these insects.

Overall, the Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly is a beautiful and important species of damselfly in Arkansas, and we should all do our part to help protect and conserve these fascinating insects for future generations to enjoy.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


I was hand-holding my camera and lens to photograph this Damselfly.

  • Location: Near The Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
  • Date Taken: August 8, 2020
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/1300 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Multi
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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