Citrine Forktail Ischnura hastata (Say, 1839)  

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The Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata) is a tiny damselfly often found in dense grassy vegetation bordering ponds or lakes, in marshes, or at seeps. Mature males are distinctively mostly lemon yellow on the abdomen. This species has the stigma of the forewing not in contact with the costal margin, a unique feature, but generally only visible in the hand. (Lam, 2004). This species is widespread and common in Maryland (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 371 records in the project database.

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A male Citrine Forktail found in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/3/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A male Citrine Forktail in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/29/2009). Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

A late Citrine Forktail in Howard Co., Maryland (11/2/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A male Citrine Forktail in Howard Co., Maryland (7/1/2009). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A male Citrine Forktail in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/14/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A male Citrine Forktail in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Citrine Forktail in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/3/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Citrine Forktail in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/28/2018). Photo by Lisa Shannon. (MBP list)

A female Citrine Forktail in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An unmated female Citrine Forktail in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/3/2008). Per Richard, "once mated she will quickly turn a drab olive-black color." Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A female Citrine Forktail in Baltimore City, Maryland (5/21/2007). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A female Citrine Forktail in Horry Co., South Carolina (5/2/2012). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

A Citrine Forktail in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/20/2015). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

Citrine Forktails in wheel position in Briscoe Co., Texas (9/5/2009). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Citrine Forktail in Howard Co., Maryland (8/24/2017). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A Citrine Forktail in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/21/2017). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)


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