Lilypad Forktail Damselfly

Lilypad Forktail

Ischnura kellicotti

Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Odonata
  • Suborder: Zygoptera (damselfly) “same wings”
  • Superfamily: Coengrionoidea
  • Family: Coengrionidae (Pond Damselfly)
  • Genus: Ischnura
  • Species: Ischnura kellicotti

Identification Tips

  • Damselflies fold their wings when resting versus  dragonflies don’t close their wings at rest
  • this species: look for the tip of the abdomen bending down
  • mostly clear wings
  • bright/electric blue thorax with thick black stripes

Other Similar Species

  • Boreal Bluet Enallagama boreale (black stripe on thorax is a thin hair-like line instead of being thick; segments 1-4 are blue))
  • Northern Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum (segments 1-5 are blue)

Ischnura kellicotti Lilypad forktail damselfly heart

 

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