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Female or Juvenile Ischnura denticollis? - Ischnura denticollis

Female or Juvenile Ischnura denticollis? - Ischnura denticollis
Sweetwater, Tucson, AZ, Pima County, Arizona, USA
June 10, 2006
Size: 2 -2.5 cm
Sorry for the blurry image.

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Female or Juvenile Ischnura denticollis? - Ischnura denticollis Female or Juvenile Ischnura denticollis? - Ischnura denticollis

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We would expect denticollis male
to have a solid black top to the thorax. This has stripes on the thorax. We were thinking of maybe a cold male I. perparva, causing him to look purple rather than blue, but we would expect a wide black shoulder stripe on perparva. This black shoulder stripe is way too thin, so we searched California Damselflies and found this image of an immature female I. denticollis, and it looks just like yours!
So your original hypothesis is correct, this is an immature adult female Ischnura denticollis! Nice detective work!
Now go get us some nice images of the male! :)

 
credit goes to floks at arizona odes
Didn't mean to mislead anyone into thinking I came up with the ID. Arizona odes tentatively ID'd it to I. dent. Since it was tentative, I thought I'd see what folks here thought. By the by - it was somewhere between 104 - 107 degrees that day, but I was out in the "cool" morning, probably 80 -85 degrees. I think I did get a male photo and will post in a few minutes. Thanks for the input and links.

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