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Orange Damselfly - Ischnura hastata

Orange Damselfly - Ischnura hastata
Springfield, Virginia, USA
September 18, 2004
Based on its color, maybe an Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum)? I really have trouble with identifying damselflies.

Orange Damselfly
Pretty shot. As you say these things are difficult to ID. If you can, always try to get shots from different angles as the key is sometimes the side stripes or in the case the stigma spot on the fore wing which is not real visable on this shot. In any case my best guess would be the Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata). I am using a new guide called Damselflies of the Northeast by Ed Lam. It is probably the best guide available for the east coast eparticularly the Northeast. There are some good images of this bug as well as most othe Damsels at http://www.giffbeaton.com/ponddamsels.htm

 
Citrine Forktail - Ischnura hastata
Thanks for the information. This damselfly does look similar to the immature female citrine forktail at giffbeaton.com. Unfortunately it flew away before I could get additional photographs, and I lost sight of it.

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