Ebony Jewelwings flutter like a butterfly. When disturbed they fly a short distance to safety. It is between 39 to 57 mm. The male has a metallic blue-green body and black wings. The female is duller brown with smoky wings that have white spots near the tips. The naiad is pale brown with darker markings.
Ebony Jewelwings may fly far from water. They can be seen in the middle of the woods, while most damselflies and dragonflies are usually seen near ponds, lakes, or rivers.