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Monday, May 17, 2010

Creature Feature: Ebony Jewelwing (and Company)



I have no idea why, but I have been recalling memories of this little damselfly recently. They are called ebony jewelwings (Calopteryx maculata), and, like dragonflies, eat mosquitoes. Every time I see them, they remind me that faeries exist. The above video is actually of a similar species found in Japan (C. atrata Selys), but it's close enough. Many members of the genus look very similar, and the video of my little friend's Japanese relative gets the point across. The hardcore entomologists can bitch at me if they like.

Next time you see them, realize that you live in a magical world.

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