Broad-winged Damselflies

Broad-winged Damselflies

There are four broad-winged damselflies (Calopterygidae) found in Wisconsin.

3 Groups To The Damsel Family

Damselflies are categorized into three groups the spreadwing damselflies, pond damselflies, and the broad-winged damselflies.

Broad-winged Damselflies

In the United States, there are eight species in this family. This page features the four species in the broad-winged damselfly family that visit Wisconsin.

The four species in the broad-winged damselfly family in Wisconsin.


1.) River Jewelwing

The River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis) is found during the months of June and July. This jewelwing is a metallic green with dark black webbing coloring throughout its clear wings.

The River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis) is found during the months of June and July.

2.) Ebony Jewelwing

Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) is commonly found near bodies of water. Found at rest and in-flight the last week of May into the first week of the month of August. Male and females have a similar green metallic appearance and glossy black wings. The difference between the male and female is females have white pseudostigma spots on their wings.

The Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) is found in the last week of May to the first week of August.  Both the female and female look similar in appearance with black wings, but the female has a white pseudostigma spot on her wings.

3.) American Rubyspot

American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) fly from June through the first week of September. Take notice of its bright red upper body, striking red eyes, and black webbing in the clear wings. The tail of the damselfly has prominent striping in a black and tan pattern.

The American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) is found June through the first week of September. You will notice the bright red upper body of this damselfly, striking red eyes and black webbing in the clear wings.  The tail of the damselfly is striped in a black and tan pattern..

4.) Smoky Rubyspot Hetaerina titia

Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia) are common in the Southern United States. Only found a few times in the Southern half of Wisconsin, along the Illinois border. Rubyspots will be active during the months of August and in addition through September.

The Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia) is common in the Southern United States but has been found a few times in the Southern half of Wisconsin, along the Illinois border. Found during the months of August and September.

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