Ebony jewelwing damselfly, we saw several of them today on our walk. You might think it is a dragonfly and they are related, but it is a damselfly. (Dragonfly- when at rest, the wings are held straight out from the body. Damselfly- the wings are folded together behind.) The name fits it perfectly! It is solid black with a bright wing, like a turquoise jewel, Of course, there are two wings, but the tiny creature folds the wings together when at rest, so it looks like one. It eats aphids, gnats and other insects like mosquitoes and is a very welcome sight in the summer.
I tried to find a photo of an ebony jewelwing damselfly but I found a video that shows it off nicely. You can see the color much better and also how graceful it is in its movement.
I have been away from the internet for several days but hopefully, will be able to visit all of you again very soon! Hope you are all well and noticing beauty all around you. Sometimes, even a tiny insect has the most amazing color, like a jewel.
The photo above was taken by our son, Christopher last August when he visited his grandparents in England. It is the view of Eastbourne from the Downs, walking towards Beachy Head. (You know I had to have a picture on my post and I love this one.)