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damselfly - Ischnura hastata

damselfly - Ischnura hastata
manatee County, Florida, USA
August 3, 2008
I always get these wrong. Can anyone ID him for me?

Moved from Forktails. Oh, you chicken! You know it's hastata! Our beautiful explanation made that so clear!! ;-)

Sorry, I didn't get that. Duh. :o)
I AM chicken when it comes to classifying pictures. I don't want to be wrong and confuse someone else.
Thanks for the help.

We're teasing, of course.
It is good to be conservative when moving to the guide. We find that mistakes are usually quickly corrected, but we clearly understand. We probably could move many of the Acanthepeira to species, for example, but we don't know what all the species look like and, like you, we don't want to confuse people by making hasty species IDs.

Bright orange with no black shoulder stripe
puts you in Ischnura (and makes him a her!)--
kellicotti has black shoulder stripe
ramburi has not much orange on the abdomen
verticalis with more orange on the abdomen doesn't get that far south, but prognata would look like this, without the black shoulder stripe, and that would be a great find. No immature female images yet in BugGuide
hastata is very small with plenty o' orange

How' bout I just move it to Ischnura? :o)))
Thank you!

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