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Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis - female

Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis - Female
Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia, USA
July 30, 2005
Not sure about this one at all but thought I would take a stab at it. ID possible? Help appreciated. Taken same place and same time as the possible male bluet posting.

Moved from Forktails. Bill Edwards found a similar image at Greg Lasley here. 5th image down.


Eastern Forktail, female
If I saw this damselfly in the field I would call it a female Eastern Forktail (Ishnura verticalis).

Loren & Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

we haven't ever seen one with a mature blue abdomen without it having a mature blue thorax. Is it just in the process of changing, or is this a different species?

John and Jane, where do you think I should move this to in the guide or should I leave it in ID request?

we were afraid you would ask. We just can't get the front half of the animal to make sense with the back half. We'll keep looking. However, we haven't known the Padelfords to be wrong, so you could just go with their ID. Did you capture any other images of damsels that day?

Yes, I did
An immature female forktail nine minutes after this image was taken and one minute after that a green and brown one which may be a Fragile Forktail. Also a blue dancer which I swear kept following me and the bluets. I need to get back to that spot. Hoping I can make it this weekend. I will gladly post these other images if it will help.

yes, please do
post the other damsels. Maybe they will provide a clue.

Ready and waiting for you. Enjoy. I will leave it up to you...what to keep in the guide and what not to. :) Thanks for your help on trying to figure this one out.

And I already have one of those. Darn. I think that is about all I am going to see so I will need to take my time and observe more carefully.

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