This time of year these Ebony Jewelwings are thick in the shrubs along Bull Creek. They flutter along in short flights, spending much of their time perching 1-4 feet off the ground. Their short fluttering flights mimic butterflies in the shade and early on I netted a few before I figured it out.
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|Female Ebony Jewelwing - REK|
Look for a stream side cluster of these Jewelwings and you can see their customary courting ritual. "A perched female, when courted by a male, will accept his presence by rapidly opening and closing her wings. If she rejects him, however, she will open her wings and leave them extended." NPS.Gov.