Damselflies: Eastern Forktail

Photo of Eastern Forktail (female)

The Fragile Forktail may be the most distinctive Forktail species (genus Ischnura) in New England, but according to one resource* the most common species is likely the Eastern Forktail (I. verticalis). The orange and black individual above is a young female – older females take on an all blue-gray appearance (see the BugGuide for a fine example). Males are green and black, with two mostly blue segments near the ends of their abdomens. These damselflies measure approximately one inch from end to end.

Photo of Eastern Forktail (male)

*A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts by Blair Nikula, Jennifer Loose, and Matthew Burne (2007)

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