Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii
Rambur’s forkatil (Ischnura ramburii) is a species of damselfly that can be found in a range that extends from Chile to the United States, including areas like the Antilles and Hawaii. This species is most often seen around marshes, ponds, lakes, and slow moving streams with abundant vegetation and sunlight. Males and females differ in appearance, with males holding a green and blue coloring and females holding a variation of colors including bluish-green, reddish-orange, and olive green. This species breeds in a similar manner to other damselflies, creating a wheel shape that is thought to prevent females from escaping males. Rambur’s forktail was named after entomologist Jules Pierre Rambur.
Image Caption: Mating pair of Rambur’s Forktail damselflies (Ischnura ramburii) at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Gaberlunzi (Richard Murphy)/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)