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This is the only odonate in northeastern North America with entirely black wings (Nikula et al., 2003). Smoky rubyspot (Hetaerina titia) is the only other damselfly that may have completely dark wings. It lacks the blue-green iridescence on the body and the wings are only about a fifth as wide as long. In sparkling jewelwing (Calopteryx dimidiata) only the apical fourth of the wings are black (Abbott, 2007). In the south-central U.S., smoky rubyspot, Hetaerina titia, is the only other damselfly that may have completely dark wings. It lacks the blue-green iridescence on the body, and the wings are only about 1/5 as wide as long. In sparkling jewelwing, C. dimidiata, only the apical 1/4 of the wings is black (Abbott, 2005).

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