Eastern Forktail - Ischnura verticalis (Say, 1839)

Range & Habitat:

Common throughout the state.

Commonly found in the vegetation along the edge of ponds, marshes, lakes and streams.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 6 April
Late Date: 19 November

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

Male Oblique - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Males look like a little green dot being followed by a smaller blue dot.

Fragile Forktail lacks the blue tip of the abdomen, Rambur's Forktail has a different pattern on the tip of the abdomen and more orange ventrally. Sprites are even smaller, are metallic green and differ in pattern of the tip of the abdomen.

Conservation Status:
State: S5 Demonstrably secure in the state
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range