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Calopterygidae - Broad-winged Damselflies

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Odonata
 Family: Calopterygidae

Ebony JewelwingThere are about 150 species in this family of damselflies. Nine species are found in North America. Broad-winged damselflies are 1.5 - 2.5 inches in length.They are usually metallic black or green in color. Broad-winged damselflies have broad wings; long antennae; and long, slender, stick-like abdomens.

When broad-winged damselflies are at rest, they hold their wings together vertically above their body. They are usually found on vegetation around rivers and streams. They eat insects and other arthropods.

Broad-winged damselflies overwinter as eggs. Broad-wing damselfly larvae are usually found in rivers and streams. They are predators and hunt in the vegetation in the water for food. In some species in this family, immature damselflies have gills.

 

galleryCalopterygidae Photo Gallery

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

  North American Species

River Jewelwing - Calopteryx aequabilis Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species image More Info
Superb Jewelwing - Calopteryx amata North America  New Hampshire Species image More Info
Sparkling Jewelwing - Calopteryx dimidiata  North America New Hampshire Species More Info
Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata North America 
New Hampshire Species image More Info
American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana North America  New Hampshire Species image More Info
 

Appalachian Jewelwing - Calopteryx angustipennis Least Concern North America More Info
Canyon Rubyspot - Hetaerina vulnerata  Least Concern North America More Info
Guatemalan Rubyspot - Hetaerina rudis Vulnerable North America
Smoky Rubyspot - Hetaerina titia North America More Info

Selected Species Around the World

Archineura hetaerinoides Least Concern Asia More Info
Archineura incarnata Least Concern Asia
Atrocalopteryx atrocyana Near Threatened Asia More Info
Caliphaea angka Endangered Asia
Caliphaea confusa Least Concern Asia More Info
Caliphaea nitens Least Concern Asia
Caliphaea thailandica Not Enough Data Asia More Info
Calopteryx atrata
Least Concern Asia image More Info
Calopteryx coomani Near Threatened Asia
Calopteryx cornelia Least Concern Asia image
Glittering Demoiselle - Calopteryx exul   Endangered Africa More Info
Copper Demoiselle - Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis Least Concern Europe image More Info
Clear-Winged Demoiselle - Calopteryx hyalina Endangered Asia More Info
Calopteryx japonica Asia image

Calopteryx laosica Not Enough Data Asia
Calopteryx melli Least Concern Asia
Calopteryx oberthuri Not Enough Data Asia
Calopteryx orientalis Least Concern Asia
Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens   Least Concern Asia Europe image More Info
Syrian Demoiselle - Calopteryx syriaca Endangered Asia image More Info
Beautiful Demoiselle - Calopteryx virgo Least Concern Europe image More Info
Western Demoiselle - Calopteryx xanthostoma  Least Concern Europe image More Info
Echo margarita Least Concern Asia More Info
Echo maxima Critically Endangered Asia More Info
Echo modesta Least Concern Asia
Echo uniformis Least Concern Asia
Hook-tipped Rubyspot - Hetaerina curvicauda  Least Concern South America
Hetaerina gallardi Not Enough Data South America
Hetaerina hebe Least Concern South America
Hetaerina indeprensa Not Enough Data South America
Hetaerina mendezi Not Enough Data South America
Tepui Shinywing - Iridictyon myersi Least Concern South America
White-banded Shinywing - Iridictyon trebbaui  Least Concern South America
Matrona - Matrona basilaris  Least Concern Asia More Info
Mnais costalis Asia
image
Mnais mneme Least Concern Asia image
Mnais pruinosa
Least Concern Asia image
Mnais andersoni Least Concern Asia More Info
Mnais gregoryi Least Concern Asia
Mnais icteroptera Not Enough Data Asia
Mnais yunosukei Least Concern Asia
Mnesarete guttifera Least Concern South America More Info
Mnesarete mariana Not Enough Data South America

 

Mnesarete smaragdina Not Enough Data South America
Neurobasis anumariae Least Concern Asia
Neurobasis chinensis Least Concern Asia More Info
Neurobasis kimminsi Least Concern Australia
Neurobasis longipes Least Concern Asia More Info
Noguchiphaea mattii Not Enough Data Asia
Noguchiphaea yoshikoae Not Enough Data Asia More Info
Ormenophlebia imperatrix Least Concern South America
Ormenophlebia regina Not Enough Data South America
Forest Flashwing - Phaon camerunensis  Least Concern Africa
Common Flashwing - Phaon iridipennis Least Concern Africa image
Spring Bluewing - Sapho bicolor Least Concern Africa
Western Bluewing - Sapho ciliata Least Concern Africa
Smokewing - Sapho fumosa Not Enough Data Africa
Glorious Bluewing - Sapho gloriosa Least Concern Africa
Sapho infumosa Near Threatened Africa
Eastern Bluewing - Sapho orichalcea Least Concern Africa
Clearwing - Sapho puella Endangered Africa
Broad-winged Sparklewing - Umma cincta Least Concern Africa
Green-banded Sparklewing - Umma declivium Vulnerable Africa More Info
Sapphire Demoiselle - Umma saphirina Least Concern Africa
Metallic Sparklewing - Umma electa Least Concern Africa
Angola Sparklewing - Umma femina Vulnerable Africa
Bare-bellied Sparklewing - Umma longistigma Least Concern Africa
Hairy-bellied Sparklewing - Umma mesostigma Least Concern Africa
Cameroon Sparklewing - Umma mesumbei Endangered Africa
Purple Sparklewing - Umma purpurea Vulnerable Africa
Vestalaria miao Least Concern Asia
Vestalaria smaragdina Least Concern Asia
Vestalaria velata Least Concern Asia
Vestalaria vinnula Least Concern Asia
Vestalis amethystina Least Concern Asia
Vestalis amoena Least Concern Asia
Vestalis anacolosa Near Threatened Asia
Vestalis anne Least Concern Asia
Black-tipped Forest Glory - Vestalis apicalis Least Concern Asia image More Info
Vestalis atropha Least Concern Asia
Clear-winged Forest Glory - Vestalis gracilis Least Concern Asia image More Info
Vestalis luctuosa Near Threatened Asia image More Info
Vestalis venusta Least Concern Asia

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio New Hampshire Species NH Species

Atrocalopteryx atrocyana profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
Atrocalopteryx atrocyana
is found in China and Vietnam.
Source:
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Vietnam Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle Teacher Section: No

Archineura hetaerinoides Video Least Concern Asia
Archineura hetaerinoides
is found in Laos and Vietnam.
Source:
YouTube Intended Audience: General Reading Level: N/A Teacher Section: No

American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The American rubyspot is found from Oregon, Montana, Ontario, and Maine south to Honduras and Florida. In New Hampshire, it can be found south of the White Mountains from August to October.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The American rubyspot male has a red head and thorax and an iridescent green abdomen. Females are an iridescent green.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The American rubyspot is found along streams.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Caliphaea confusa profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Caliphaea confusa is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam.
Source: Vietnam Insects Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Caliphaea confusa profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Caliphaea confusa is found in montane (mountain) habitats.
Source: Odonata of India Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Appalachian Jewelwing - Calopteryx angustipennis profile Photos Least Concern North America
The is found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia Europe
The banded demoiselle is found from western Europe to northwest China.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Beautiful Demoiselle - Calopteryx virgo profile Photos Least Concern Europe
The beautiful demoiselle is found all over Europe.
Source: British Dragonfly Society Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-tipped Forest Glory - Vestalis apicalis profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The black-tipped forest glory is found in India.
Source: Odonata of India Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Canyon Rubyspot - Hetaerina vulnerata  Photos Least Concern North America
The canyon rubyspot is found in the southwestern United States south through Mexico to Guatemala and Hounduras.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Canyon Rubyspot - Hetaerina vulnerata  profile Photos Least Concern North America
The male canyon rubyspot has red spots on the base of its wings that get darker with age.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Clear-Winged Demoiselle - Calopteryx hyalina Photos Endangered Asia
The clear-winged demoiselle is found in Israel, Lebanon, and Syria.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Copper Demoiselle - Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis profile Photos Least Concern Europe
The copper demoiselle is found in Algeria, France, Italy, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia.
Source: DragonflyPix Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The ebony jewelwing is found from Manitoba east to Nova Scotia and south to Texas and Florida.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
In New Hampshire, the ebony jewelwing is found across the state.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The male ebony jewelwing has black wings.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata profile Photos North America New Hampshire Species
The adult ebony jewelwing has a lifespan of about two weeks.
Source: National Park Service Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Glittering Demoiselle - Calopteryx exul profile Photos  Endangered Africa
The glittering demoiselle is found in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Matrona - Matrona basilaris  Photos  Least Concern Asia
Matrona basilaris
is found in China, Japan, and Vietnam.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Green-banded Sparklewing - Umma declivium Photos Vulnerable Africa
The green-banded sparklewing is also known as the montane demoiselle. It is found in Malawi and Tanzania.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

River Jewelwing - Calopteryx aequabilis Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
The river jewelwing is found from southern British Columbia and Saskatchewan east to Newfoundland and south to California, Colorado, Illinois, and New Jersey. In New Hampshire, it is found across the state.
Source: BioKids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Echo margarita profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Echo margarita is found in India and Myanmar.
Source: Odonata of India Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Echo maxima profile Photos Critically Endangered Asia
Echo maxima is found in Vietnam
Source: Viet Odonata Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Smoky Rubyspot - Hetaerina titia  profile Photos North America
The smoky rubyspot is found in the eastern United States.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Smoky Rubyspot - Hetaerina titia  profile Photos North America
The male smoky rubyspot has black wings with a red spot near the base.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Sparkling Jewelwing - Calopteryx dimidiate  profile Photos  North America New Hampshire Species
The sparkling jewelwing is found from Massachusetts to Florida and west to Texas. In New Hampshire, they are found in the southeastern part of the state.
Source: Odonata Central- Texas Natural Science Center Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Sparkling Jewelwing - Calopteryx dimidiate  profile Photos  North America New Hampshire Species
In New Hampshire, sparkling jewlewings are found in the southeastern part of the state.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Sparkling Jewelwing - Calopteryx dimidiate  profile Photos  North America New Hampshire Species
Sparkling jewelwings are found along forest streams and rivers with moderate to swift currents. 
Source: Bio Kids Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Superb Jewelwing - Calopteryx amata   profile Photos North America  New Hampshire Species
The superb jewelwing is found in the eastern U.S. It is found across much of New Hampshire.
Source: BugGuide Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Syrian Demoiselle - Calopteryx syriaca profile Photos Endangered Asia
The montane demoiselle is found in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territory, and Syria.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Vestilis - Vestalis luctuosa Photos Near Threatened Asia
Vestalis luctuosa is found in Indonesia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Western Demoiselle - Calopteryx xanthostoma Photos Least Concern Europe
The western demoiselle is found in France, Italy, Portugual, and Spain.
Source: Dragonfly Pix Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Neurobasis chinensis Photos Least Concern Asia
Neurobasis chinensis is found in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Odonata of India Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Neurobasis chinensis Video Least Concern Asia
Neurobasis chinensis breeds in forested and partially forested streams.
Source: YouTube Intended Audience: General Reading Level: N/A Teacher Section: No

Mnesarete guttifera Photos Least Concern South America
Mnesarete guttifera is found in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Source: Smithsonian Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Clear-winged Forest Glory - Vestalis gracilis Photos Least Concern Asia
The clear-winged forest glory is found in Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Odonata of India Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Mnais andersoni profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Mnais andersoni is found in China, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Vietnam Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Neurobasis longipes profile Photos Least Concern Asia
Neurobasis longipes
is found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Source: Dragons & Damsels Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Noguchiphaea yoshikoae profile Photos Not Enough Data Asia
Noguchiphaea yoshikoae
is found in Thailand and Vietnam.
Source: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Vietnam Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No