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Eastern Forktail (Immature Female)- Ischnura verticalis I found this gorgeous, little damselfly stuck in plant - it was dead. I&#039;m not sure why it died, but dead it certainly was. Immature females have a bright orange thorax with black dorsal and shoulder stripes; abdomen orange at base and black above. She was about 2 - 2.5 cm long.<br />
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Habitat: Rural garden<br />
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Habitat: Rural garden<br />
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Eastern Forktail (Immature Female)- Ischnura verticalis

I found this gorgeous, little damselfly stuck in plant - it was dead. I'm not sure why it died, but dead it certainly was. Immature females have a bright orange thorax with black dorsal and shoulder stripes; abdomen orange at base and black above. She was about 2 - 2.5 cm long.

Habitat: Rural garden

Eastern Forktail (Immature Female)- Ischnura verticalis I found this gorgeous, little damselfly stuck in plant - it was dead. I'm not sure why it died, but dead it certainly was. Immature females have a bright orange thorax with black dorsal and shoulder stripes; abdomen orange at base and black above. She was about 2 - 2.5 cm long.<br />
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Habitat: Rural garden<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/70422/eastern_forktail_immature_female-_ischnura_verticalis.html Eastern Forktail,Geotagged,Ischnura verticalis,Summer,United States,damselfly

    comments (7)

  1. "Flies from late June to early October"
    Could this be the reason? Most dragonflies die in the winter where I live, they don't overwinter except for two species.
    Posted 11 months ago
    1. I spotted it in August ;)

      I thought that maybe it got stuck in the plant, but they should be strong enough to get free, no? I didn't see any damage to its body, but it was hard to tell since it was so tiny. There were no other bugs feasting on it, so it wasn't a meal. Hmm.
      Posted 11 months ago
      1. Maybe it's missing some legs. I can't tell. Posted 11 months ago
      2. Sorry overlooked the timestamp :)
        Not sure what happened. In my experience, dead yet whole insects mean a very recent event. Insect corpses seem to be cleaned up with brutal efficiency. As a goal to try to some insect focus stacking, I'm against capturing live insects, so I'm on the lookout for dead ones in good shape. I pretty much never find any.
        Posted 11 months ago
        1. Good point! I almost never see dead, intact insects. Sounds like a cool project - if you can find some subjects! I have a large insect collection from graduate school. It was a requirement and was awful to have to carry out. I had to collect and kill hundreds of insects to pin and preserve. Some of my boxes got damaged by pests, but the others I kept for educational purposes - that way the bugs didn't die for nothing. Posted 11 months ago
  2. Really weird! Posted 11 months ago
    1. It was! Maybe the plant had something to do with it? It was on fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), which is so strong smelling. I'm reaching, I know ;P Posted 11 months ago

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The Eastern Forktail is a member of the damselfly family Coenagrionidae. The males are yellow-green with blue on the top of the eighth and ninth abdominal segments. The females may be orange, or less commonly yellow-green like the male. Flies from late June to early October.

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Dec 6, 2018. Captured Aug 19, 2018 08:08 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/7.1
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm