Photo: Delicate rubyspot damselfly rests on the tip of a grass stalk

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This species of damselfly is easily identified by the bright red spot at the base of its wings.

USFWS states, "Don't hang around ponds looking for this one. While occasionally found at large lakes, its most typical habitat is a sunny riverbank. The American Rubyspot is common along rushing streams. You will find American Rubyspots perched on plants along the bank, or on emergent rocks in the river itself. Males are typically found sitting on rocks or logs in the middle of a stream, wing-flicking for females."

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