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Male Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

Siebenthaler Fen, Beavercreek, Ohio

"Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” - Gretel Ehrlich

Tiny yet very important. The Odonata family classification, which includes dragonflies & damselflies, are a vital indicator of the health of wetland habitats and water quality. This ebony jewelwing was photographed in a fen: a type of wetland. As I was on a guided hike looking specifically for Odonata. The instructor caught this male in a net and carefully held him by the wings to show us the finer details. As he set him down on this leaf, the damsalfly seemed shook-up or stunned as it laid there motionless for a while.

Using my small telephoto zoom lens for the shot, the greater reach allowed me to move in close without disturbing them. That day in particular was rather cloudy so not as many Odonata were active and visible. The best times to see Odonata are on warm sunny days during the spring, summer, and early autumn. The sunlight seems to give them energy to fly, as it does for butterflies and other insects.

Dragonflies and damsalflies can be difficult to spot at first however if you know what to look for with a trusty field guide, those beautiful colors will easily stand out to you.

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