The beautifully named Ebony Jewelwing is found in southeastern Canada and the eastern U.S.
The male has a metallic dark green body and black wings:
The female is duller brown with smoky wings that have white spots near the tips:
They live near wooded streams and rivers but can be be found quite far from water:
Jewelwings eat a long list of foods including mosquitos, aphids, gnats, flies and beetles:
They are preyed on by mallards, robins, red-winged blackbirds, turtles, frogs, fish, bats and water striders:
Also common on this day were these butterflies:
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)