Ebony Jewelwing

Ebony jewelwing at Howard County Conservancy - Mount Pleasant. I initially thought they were dragonflies but was easily corrected by a simple Google search. I have been seeing these same species at various places around the Columbia area, particularly around streams and rivers. My first photos of them were on a trail in Patuxent Research Refuge - North Tract but under a lot of shade. This particular one was perching in the fields of tall grass in the early AM. While my telephoto lens is not a macro lens to get close-up detail, I do enjoy having a blurred background when I am able to get good shots of insects and butterflies.

Lens - Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD @ 400mm on Nikon D5500