Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Eastern Forktail is the most widespread and well-known of the genus. The male is tiny, with a green and black striped thorax and a black abdomen with a bright blue tip. Young females are bright orange, becoming bluish gray with maturity. This species is often the first damselfly to appear in the spring.
Ischnura verticalis male
Photo courtesy of Loren and Babs Padelford.
Size: 20-33 mm (0.8-1.3 in)
Habitat: virtually all slow moving or still waters
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: early May to mid September
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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