|Female American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) on the South Fork Umpqua River, Oregon.|
I just love looking it over and soaking up all the little details—the coppery/bronzy sheen on the dark brown parts of the body, the pattern of light and dark on the thorax and abdomen, the white wing veins against the dark reddish-brown wing base, how those reddish-brown bases transition to amber and then almost clear where the veins are dark, the one major vein that is white out to the wing tip with a fuzzy red stripe paralleling it.
Here are some crops that show off particular areas better:
|In this close-up, note the red veins on the fore wing (partially hidden by the hind wing).|
|She has an indistinct pterostigma (the darkened cell near the tip along the leading edge). In some |
populations it is very pale and obvious, while in others it is indistinct or lacking.
This species is widespread across the eastern and southern US (barely into Canada), but largely avoids the Pacific Northwest where it is known only from Oregon in the Umpqua and southern Willamette Valleys as well as the Klamath River. Here’s a map of the entire range at OdonataCentral.org.