Rambur's Forktail - Ischnura ramburii (Selys, 1850)

Range & Habitat:

Occurs throughout the coastal plain.

Found along pond edges and wet meadows, including coastal brackish ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 8 June
Late Date: 1 November

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Green and black thorax with blue postocular spots and yellow laterally on the abdomen. Typically S8 is all blue, and S9 and S10 are black dorsally. Females occur in three color phases, a red or orange form, an olive form, and a form closely resembling the male.

Eastern Forktail has a different pattern at the tip of the abdomen, lacks the ventral yellow or orange and has green postocular spots.

Conservation Status:
State: S4 Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range