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Eastern Forktail, male

Ischnura verticalis


Small Damselfly. Males have a green and black striped eyes and thorax thorax and a mostly black abdomen, tipped in blue. Mature females are powdery grayish-blue (sorry, wasn't able to get a photo of one). Immature females are bright orange (didn't see any of these).


Rural yard in the long grass.


I was amazed at the wonderful color these male Damsels had. The photos are of two different males in the same area. I am pretty sure I saw at least one female but wasn't able to get a photo. I saw mostly males. No water source directly on the property but there are smaller ponds and a lake nearby and plenty of small insects in the grass for them to eat.

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New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Aug 13, 2012

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