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Rambur's forktail

Ishnura ramburii


This damselfly is about 1.5 inches long and is black with neon blue markings and spots on its wings.


My backyard, along an inland fresh water canal in western Boca Raton, FL

2 Species ID Suggestions

Blue-tailed Damselfly
Ischnura elegans Blue-tailed Damselfly | Project Noah
Liam 10 years ago
Rambur's Forktail (female)
Ischnura ramburii Rambur's Forktail - Ischnura ramburii - BugGuide.Net

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joan6153 10 years ago

Thanks to Malcolm, Liam and Jellis for helping to finally identify this as a Rambur's forktail!

Jellis 10 years ago

Also if you look at the end of the abdomen (tail) you will see the last blue segment is a partial from the bottom up halfway.

Jellis 10 years ago

I agree with Liam. Blue tail is a European dasmelfly. It's definitely a Rambur's. Forktail.

Liam 10 years ago

In my limited experience of oding in FL, I found Rambur's to be the most common damsel.

joan6153 10 years ago

Thanks Malcolm, the spotting does look just like the Blue-tailed. But since this spotting was in Florida, and I have read that the Blue-tailed Damselfly has a range between Western Europe and Japan, I am wondering if this is actually a Rambur's forktail (Ishnura ramburi). I have such a hard time identifying these damselflies as so many look similar. Anyone know if Blue-tailed are seen in the US?

staccyh 10 years ago

Such a great photo!

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Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 5, 2013
Submitted on Sep 7, 2013

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