Metallic green; males have blue reflections. Long, black legs bear long spines. Males have dark-brown wingtips and no pterostigmas. Females' wing bases are shaded yellow-brown; wing tips are brown, pterostigmas white. Length: ♂ ♀ 47 mm.
B.C., mid June to early September.
The most spectacular damselflies in Canada: large with metallic-coloured bodies and broad, densely veined wings, often coloured. Larvae develop in streams, clinging to plant stems and roots; they can be distinguished by their long antennae - the first segment is longer than all the others combined. Only one jewelwing lives in British Columbia.
Lives along small warm rivers and slow streams where the adults fly with a dancing, butterfly-like motion and perform striking courtship displays.
Transition. In B.C., found only along Christina Creek at Christina Lake in the southern interior.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab
for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:
2023-10-03 9:30:35 AM]
The information contained in an
E-Fauna BC atlas pages is derived from expert sources as cited (with permission) in each section.
This information is scientifically based. E-Fauna BC also acts as a
portal to other sites via deep links. As always, users should refer to
the original sources for complete information. E-Fauna BC is not
responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the original information.