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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 10 days 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 10 days ago
      1. Maybe it's missing some legs. I can't tell. Posted 10 days 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 10 days 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 7 days ago
  2. Really weird! Posted 9 days 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 7 days 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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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