Lilypad Forktail

Ischnura kellicottiLilypad Forktail (Ischnura kellicotti) male damselfly on a lily pad. The location was a big clue to identifying this small damselfly (a fair number of damselfly species are electric blue), which spends its life on and around waterlilies. The downward bending of the abdomen tip when it poses is also characteristic of this species. The females can be orange. exuviaAnother water body, another species of lily. This is an exuvia, the shed skin of a nymph stage damsel- or dragonfly. What kind I don’t know. I’ve usually found them on verticals — reeds, etc. — on which the nymph climbs up out of the water when it’s time to erupt and sprout wings.

2 Responses to “Lilypad Forktail”


  1. 1 Caroline Piché August 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Your exuvia looks like Eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera). I also found them, as if they were standing on their toes on Nymphea leaves, in Gatineau, QC.


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