Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Species Spotlight: American Rubyspot

The American Rubyspot is an impressive damselfly.  It is fairly large for a damselfly, and has dazzling "ruby" spots at the base of its wings.  Here is a look at the male of the species:

Here's another view, with a Blue-ringed Dancer in the background:

When an American Rubyspot wants to fend off a rival, it flicks its wings open to flash the ruby spots.  It also bends the tip of its abdomen forward, and opens its appendages, in a "stinging" threat pose. In the next photo we see an American Rubyspot fending off a California Dancer that would like to perch on the same stem:

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