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Eastern Forktail Damselfly


Damselfly | Ischnura verticalis



Entry Last Edited: 04/15/2023 | Content ©www.BugsOfTennessee.com

Insect Order (Odonata)

ODONATA
Order Odonata covers both Dragonflies and Damselflies and encompasses around 5,500 recognized species around the globe. Just over 450 of these can be found in North America. Both are common to the state of Tennessee and can be found near water sources, skimming about the surface or flying near shorelines. The creatures are exceptional flyers with tremendous agility and an inherent ability to hover. The insects are noted for their extremely slender bodies, usually vibrant coloring, and large compound eyes.


Taxonomy

The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Ischnura verticalis.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Ischnura
Species: verticalis


Characteristics

Abdomen insect icon
Abdomen: Has a noticeably large / oversized abdomen.
Nocturnal insect icon
Nocturnal: Most likely to be spotted during night time hours.
Outdoor insect icon
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Striped / Banded insect icon
Striped / Banded: Noticeable stripes or banding pattern.
Warterborne insect icon
Waterborne: Is commonnly found near water or water sources.
Winged insect icon
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.


Description

The Eastern Forktail Damselfly has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:

thin, skinny    black    lime    green    light    transparent    eyes    abdomen    agile    wings    winged    flying    outdoors    water    pond    garden    blue    grey    gray    banded    striped    pattern    large


Sighting Guide

The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.

41F
JAN
44F
FEB
53F
MAR
62F
APR
70F
MAY
78F
JUN
80F
JUL
79F
AUG
73F
SEP
62F
OCT
52F
NOV
44F
DEC

Size

Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Eastern Forktail Damselfly. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.

Lowest-Low:
0.87 inches
(22 mm)
Highest-High:
1.18 inches
(30 mm)


Identifying Colors

Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Eastern Forktail Damselfly. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.

GREEN
GRAY
BLACK


Tennessee County Reach

The Eastern Forktail Damselfly can be found in the following Tennessee counties:

Anderson; Bedford; Benton; Bledsoe; Blount; Bradley; Campbell; Cannon; Carroll; Carter; Cheatham; Chester; Claiborne; Clay; Cocke; Coffee; Crockett; Cumberland; Davidson; De Kalb; Decatur; Dickson; Dyer; Fayette; Fentress; Franklin; Gibson; Giles; Grainger; Greene; Grundy; Hamblen; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardeman; Hardin; Hawkins; Haywood; Henderson; Henry; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson; Knox; Lake; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Lewis; Lincoln; Loudon; Macon; Madison; Marion; Marshall; Maury; McMinn; McNairy; Meigs; Monroe; Montgomery; Moore; Morgan; Obion; Overton; Perry; Pickett; Polk; Putnam; Rhea; Roane; Robertson; Rutherford; Scott; Sequatchie; Sevier; Shelby; Smith; Stewart; Sullivan; Sumner; Tipton; Trousdale; Unicoi; Union; Van Buren; Warren; Washington; Wayne; Weakley; White; Williamson; Wilson


Eastern Forktail Damselfly Picture (1)

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Image of an adult Eastern Forktail Damselfly flying insect in the garden.; Credit: Dave E. of Iowa.
This image is original to www.InsectIdentification.org; Used with Permission.

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