American Rubyspot

Hetaerina americana

The American Rubyspot is a damselfly of the family Calopterygidae. Males have a lustrous red head and thorax. The abdomen of both genders is brilliant green. The female may have either green or copper colored marks on the thorax.
Hetaerina americana - American Rubyspot Damselfly This was taken in bright sun, beautiful ruby color in the wings, gold around the back edges, green abdomen and stripes on the thorax. It was purched on a long bent stick over the San Antonio River. American Rubyspot,Fall,Geotagged,Hetaerina americana,United States

Naming

The name highlights this damselfly's status as the most widespread of the North American rubyspots. It is reported from every state of the USA except Washington and Idaho, and is also found in Mexico and southeast Canada.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderOdonata
FamilyCalopterygidae
GenusHetaerina
SpeciesH. americana