Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii (Selys, 1850)  

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Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) is a large, heavily-built species of forktail usually associated with coastal plain at this latitude, where it may occur in marshes, at ponds or lakes, impoundments, or even ditches or large rivers/estuaries. This adaptable species can breed in brackish water, and is often seen in close proximity to the immediate shore (Lam, 2004; Paulson, 2011). In Maryland, Rambur's Forktail is generally common on the coastal plain, and uncommon further inland (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia).

There are 135 records in the project database.

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First Howard County record of Rambur's Forktail (7/16/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Rambur's Forktail in Calvert Co., Maryland (6/6/2019). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)

A Rambur's Forktail in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/7/2018). Photo by Gary Van Velsir. (MBP list)

A female Rambur's Forktail in Howard Co., Maryland (7/16/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Rambur's Forktail on Assateague Island, Maryland (5/23/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A close-up of a female Rambur's Forktail found on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/31/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An andromorph Rambur's Forktail found in Monroe Co., Florida (1/6/2010). Sometimes female Rambur's Forktail will have the coloration of a male. This can happen anywhere in the species range. Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Rambur's Forktail in Worcester Co., Maryland (9/3/2013). Verified by John and jane Balaban/BugGuide. Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktails mating in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (8/21/2017). Verified by John and Jane Balaban/BugGuide. Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

A Rambur's Forktail in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/3/2017). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A Rambur's Forktail in Harford Co., Maryland (7/22/2014). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A female Rambur's Forktail at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/25/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktails mating in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/4/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A female Rambur's Forktail in Harford, Maryland (8/5/2014). Photo by Matthew Addicks. (MBP list)

A female Rambur's Forktail devouring a damselfly in Charles Co., Maryland (8/1/2017). Determined by Dan Jackson and William Edwards via BugGuide. Photo by William Wise. (MBP list)

A female Rambur's Forktail on St. George Island, Florida (6/18/2005). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in wheel position in Sabal Palms, Texas (11/12/2007). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)


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