Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Plains Forktail is very similar to the Pacific Forktail but may be differentiated by looking closely (through a hand lens) at the caudal appendages. Like the Pacific Forktail, the male's shoulder stripes are broken into four blue spots on top of the thorax. Most of the male's abdomen is dark, except for segments 8-10. The female looks much like the female Pacific Forktail.
Plains Forktail male. Photo by Doug Danforth.
Size: 23-34 mm (0.9-1.3 in)
Habitat: ponds with dense vegetation
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY
Flight season: early June to early September
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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