Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The Citrine Forktail male is easy to recognize because of its small size and color. The thorax is black on the front, with a narrow green shoulder stripe and green sides. The abdomen is yellow with black markings. The forewing stigma is red, teardrop shaped and twice the size of the brown hindwing stigma. The Citrine Forktail is the only damsel in the world in which the forewing stigma does not touch the front edge of the wing. Young females are bright orange but become olive green as they age.
Citrine Forktail male
Size: 20-27 mm (0.8-1.1 in)
Habitat: ponds and lakes in dense emergent vegetation
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, MO, IA
Flight season: late June to early September
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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