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Photo#123001
Damselfly--maybe a forktail #2 - Ischnura hastata

Damselfly--maybe a forktail #2 - Ischnura hastata
Williamson County, Texas, USA
May 26, 2007
This damselfly is perched at water level on a partly submerged leaf; I saw no ovipositing behavior, however. The lime-green stripes and eyes were very noticeable in real life; the top of the abdomen appeared "navy blue", and the dark color on thorax and head appeared a greenish brown. The proportion of wing to abdomen length is different in this species and the other green-striped one I posted today.

Moved
Moved from Forktails.

Moved
Moved from Damselflies.

I think it's a female Citrine Forktail
This one and the other one you posted look a lot like a photo I took once of a female Citrine Forktail. Click here to see.

 
Maybe for this one...
...but I don't think the other. Thanks for the link to your picture--which I agree is compatible with this, as is the picture in Abbott's book.

The other, though, has longer wings in proportion (cover more of the abdomen, at least one abdominal segment more than this one) and a dark stripe below the green stripe on the thorax...the green is framed by dark, whereas in your image and in this, it isn't.

So I think this probably is a Citrine Forktail (wing proportion plus color) but not the other.

How did you manage to grab that one to get its picture, by the way? I don't even try to capture the things I photograph, so this is just idle curiosity.

 
I used a net
It's a large "butterfly net" - 6 foot pole, 18" diameter rim, with a soft net bag.

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