American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana (Fabricius, 1798)  

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American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) is a brightly colored, metallic species of damselfly. Males are bright metallic red, while females are largely metallic green. The name rubyspot refers to the reddish color at the bases of the wings. This species can be found at creeks to large rivers with moderate current, and aquatic vegetation. This species is especially found of riffles, where they often perch on shoreline vegetation or rocks. It becomes more common later in summer, and can be abundant at good habitat in August or September (Paulson, 2011). Abundant on Potomac River, uncommonly at other locations in Maryland (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and District of Columbia).

There are 211 records in the project database.

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A male American Rubyspot in Washington Co., Maryland (8/30/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A female American Rubyspot in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/24/2006). Photo by June Tveekrem. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/6/2007). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Washington Co., Maryland (7/14/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/3/2016). Photo by Richard Crook. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/8/2017). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Howard Co., Maryland (6/24/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot inHoward Co., Maryland (6/28/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/20/2015). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

American Rubyspots mating on the Potomac River, Washington Co., Maryland (7/2/2012) Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

American Rubyspots in wheel position in Washington Co., Maryland (10/3/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An emerging American Rubyspot in Washington Co., Maryland (7/23/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Washington Co., Maryland (7/22/2014). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

An American Rubyspot in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/2/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

American Rubyspot in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/23/2006). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)


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