Ebony Jewelwings by Highland Creek: July 2020

The beautifully named Ebony Jewelwing is found in southeastern Canada and the eastern U.S.

Ebony Jewelwing (male)

The male has a metallic dark green body and black wings:

Ebony Jewelwing (male)

The female is duller brown with smoky wings that have white spots near the tips:

Ebony Jewelwing (female)

They live near wooded streams and rivers but can be be found quite far from water:

Ebony Jewelwing (male)

Jewelwings eat a long list of foods including mosquitos, aphids, gnats, flies and beetles:

Ebony Jewelwing (male)

They are preyed on by mallards, robins, red-winged blackbirds, turtles, frogs, fish, bats and water striders:

Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Ebony Jewelwing (male)

Also common on this day were these butterflies:

Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly

Other life:

Eastern Boxelder Bug
Snail on grape leaf
Mallard (female)
Water Strider

Some botany:

Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Hog-peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Field Mustard (Brassica rapa)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
Parched lawn
Parched lawn
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Red raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Swamp Buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)
Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria)

Highland Creek:


Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears can hear the bird when all is still.     – Theodore Roethke (1908–63)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Ebony Jewelwings by Highland Creek: July 2020

  1. Gert Trudel

    I am enjoying your posts very much! It takes me a while to memorize them but it is fun! I scroll thru slowly and stop just before the Id shows up and get pretty exited when I get it right!!! Some are so much harder for me . I never realized that there were so many white flowers that look so much alike!!! These are giving me a bit of trouble.


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