Citrine Forktail, Ischnura hastate

The citrine forktail (Ischnura hastate) is a species of damselfly that can be found in North and South America, as well as on the Azores archipelago, although this population was not classified with the species until 1990. In southern areas of the United States, it can be seen throughout the year, from April to November in northern areas of its range, and from May to August on the Azores archipelago. The population on the Azores is the only population within the Odanata order to breed by parthenogenesis.

The citrine forktail reaches an average length of up to one inch and a wingspan of up to .5 inches. Males are black in color along the head and thorax with blue markings occurring throughout and a yellow abdomen with black markings occurring on the top side. Young females are typically orange in color with black markings occurring on the tip of the abdomen and head, but this coloring will darken to olive, brown, or green, as they grow older. This species has a NatureServe status of “Secure.”

Image Caption: Ischnura hastata. Credit: pondhawk/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)