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For the United States & Canada

Species Ischnura hastata - Citrine Forktail

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)
Genus Ischnura (Forktails)
Species hastata (Citrine Forktail)
20-27 mm.
Male has mostly yellow abdomen with some black markings; the tip is entirely yellow. Alone of all damselfly species in the world, the male Citrine Forktail has a forewing stigma that is not along the leading edge of the wing (in other words, the stigma is entirely surrounded by clear cells of the wing).

This species is probably the smallest U.S. damselfly.


Teneral male and female

Orange Female:


Olive Female:
Ontario. United States, excluding the northwest quarter of the country.
Likes dense vegetation along still waters such as ponds.
Primarily a summer species.
Tiny flying insects.
Print References
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.