Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eastern Forktail

Eastern Forktails are among the most common damselflies in eastern North America. They are one of the first to imerge in the spring, and one of the last to disappear in the fall. We found this individual on 3 May 2017 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville, Illinois. I am left a bit confused by this damsel’s brownish thorax, but the blue abdomen tip, with its two downward-pointing bars, is typical of this species. Perhaps this individual is a young forktail.

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