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Citrine Forktail, male

Ischnura hastata


Tiny damselfly. Male has a bright yellow abdomen with black markings. The tip of the abdomen is solid yellow. Thorax is bright green with black markings. Probably the smallest damselfly in the United States. This damselfly is unique among all other damselflies in the world in that the male, the forewing stigma (the little black dot on the wings) is not along the leading edge of the wing ( Females of this species come in two different color forms, orange and olive. I spotted an orange female on 9/15/12 in my yard!


Cedar Creek County Park, next to marshes.


I was so excited to find this little guy. When he flew it looked like he was floating through the grass.

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New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 10, 2012

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