Friday, April 5, 2013

Rambur's Forktail, (Ischnura ramburii)

Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) is a small (27mm or 1.06 in.) damselfly of the Coengrionidae (narrow winged damselflies) family.  This is a female with orange markings.  The male will be green with blue on abdominal segments  8 and 9.  All this can get confusing, as females can also be red....or even green like the males!!

Bug Guide link
Named after the French entomologist Jules Pierre Rambur, who wrote the tome, Histoire naturelle des insectes (1842).

You can read it online, in French, at the University of Michigan archives!

This Forktail's habitiat is near ponds, streams, and even near brackish estuaries.....most often spotted basking in the sun.
Interested in Damselflies (Zygoptera), check out a copy of Princeton's Field

Princeton's Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East

Be sure to get out and enjoy even the smallest creatures in nature....sometimes they are the most fascinating!

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