Broad-winged Damsels (Calopterygidae)
Superb Jewelwing (Calopteryx amata)

Found only in extreme north GA, one old record and then twice in 2010 by Marion Dobbs. Note darkish wingtips on males, and also note that females (lower two right) have amber or almost clear wings and a stigma. Both sexes have pale mandible if you can see it (middle right).


Appalachian Jewelwing (Calopteryx angustipennis)

Found only in extreme north GA also. Note clear mostly unmarked wings, and also note that females (all right) can have clear or amber wings and do not show a stigma. Both sexes have pale mandible if you can see it (middle right).

18 Apr- 9 Jul

Sparkling Jewelwing (Calopteryx dimidiata)

Note light green body color and sharply cutoff black wingtips of male, both left images. Note amount of wingtip covered by black variable. Female usually has white stigma and may or may not have wingtips dark as in male (other three images). Fairly widespread in summer on rivers and creeks, especially below the fall line.     

26 Mar- 15 Oct


Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

Much darker and more common than Sparkling. Note all-black wings and darker green body. Female (white stigma) can have lighter colored wings with uneven smoky wingtips as in display at lower right, but never clear wings with clean dark tips as in Sparkling. Newly emerged adults like lower left have dull brown eyes.

25 Mar- 2 Nov


American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana)

Uncommon but widespread except rare in south GA, male usually has more red (right images). A very few females can have almost no red in the wing base as at lower left but have pale legs unlike jewelwings.           

1 Apr- 26 Oct


Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia)

Less common than American. Note dull gray color, less red and variable wing markings. Wings can vary from all dark (upper right) to extended mark at base and spot at wingtip (middle left), mostly clear with very dark wingtip (upper and lower left), or just a small dark tip (middle left). Female in two lower right images.

10 May- 16 Nov

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