American rubyspot

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American rubyspot
Hetaerina americana.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Calopterygidae
Genus: Hetaerina
Species: H. americana
Binomial name
Hetaerina americana
(Fabricius, 1798) [1]
North America Range Hetaerina americana.svg
Range of H. americana [2]

The American rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) is a damselfly of the family Calopterygidae. Males have a lustrous red head and thorax. The abdomen of both genders is brilliant green.[3] The female may have either green or copper colored marks on the thorax.[4]


The name highlights this damselfly's status as the most widespread of the North American rubyspots.[5] It is reported from all of the lower 48 US states except Washington and Idaho, and is also found in Mexico and southern and eastern Canada.[2]


  1. ^ "Hetaerina americana". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ a b "Distribution Viewer". OdonataCentral. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ Abbott, John C. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. Princeton University Press. p. 25. ISBN 0-691-11364-5. 
  4. ^ "Hetaerina americana". BugGuide.Net. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Paulson, Dennis R; Dunkle, Sidney W (14 April 2009). "A Checklist of North American Odonata": 5.