Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

American Rubyspot

Hetaerina americana

Fabricius, 1798

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The male American Rubyspot has a metallic red head and thorax and a dull metallic green abdomen. The inner 1/3 of the wing is also red.

The female is mostly metalic green, including the whole front of the thorax, while the lower sides of the abdomen, including the ovipositor, are pale tan. The female decends underwater for 30-60 minutes to oviposit.

This is a very common transcontinental species. Like the jewelwings, thisspecies shows up early in the day and stays late. It is found withjewelwings in some situations but prefers larger streams andrivers. It usually flies close to the bank and perches on vegetationhanging over the water. It is infrequently found on ponds and lakes whenno suitable streams are present.

American Rubyspot
American Rubyspot map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


Size: 40-46 mm (1.6-1.8 in)

Habitat: edges of gently flowing, sunny streams and rivers

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: early May to mid October



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