The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Furtive Forktail   Eastern Forktail  
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distribution Occupies the eastern half of the state, with scattered records in the western Piedmont; only one county record (Avery) for the mountains. Thus, it is unclear if it occurs statewide, though it certainly is very scarce in the western third of the state.
abundance Common to very common in the lower Coastal Plain, particularly around brackish pools along the coast. Generally common elsewhere in the Coastal Plain. Uncommon to locally common in the eastern and southeastern Piedmont, rare in the central Piedmont, and very rare farther westward.
flight The flight is from mid-March into late November, at least in the Coastal Plain, sparingly from late February and to mid-December. In the Piedmont, the flight begins in early April, and ends by late October. The sole mountain flight date is in mid-June.
habitat Bay lakes, haline pools and shores, and heavily vegetated ponds.
behavior Tends to perch on low vegetation in the open, where easily seen.
comments This is one of the few damselflies that is quite common along and near the immediate coast. The range in the western half of the state still needs much elucidation, especially as there are no recent records west of Orange and Mecklenburg counties.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2020-01-27 13:21:01

Photo Gallery for Rambur's Forktail

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Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak - females
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-05-19, Cloudy and rainy all day - male and andromorph female in wheel
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Richmond; C, 2018-05-19, McKenny Lake Fish Hatchery ponds - Immature heteromorph females
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: C. Rose

Comment: Beaufort, 2017-09-27, GOCR
Photo by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Lee, 2017-08-25, Watson Lake at Town Park, Broadway. - Males, including one preying on a teneral female Variable Dancer.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-08-12, Seen around retaining pond in SW Mecklenburg County
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2017-06-16, Conaby Creek, from boating access area to 2.25 km upstream by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell , 2016-09-17, Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-07-22, Lake Waccamaw, southern end between dam and pier
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Hyde, 2016-06-19, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-05-08, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest. Photo of immature female.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pamlico, 2015-09-04, Upper Broad Creek at Lee
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Currituck, 2015-06-09, Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary - Multiple individuals seen but not counted.
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: New Hanover, 2014-05-24, - Sutton Lake
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2013-08-16, Harris Lake-paddling the shore NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd. - incl. 1 heteromorph female
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Ed Corey

Comment: Bladen, 2013-06-04, seen at Jones Lake State Park
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2011-09-13, Coastal Carolina Community College
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2011-07-09, Alligator River NWR
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Pender, 2010-11-09, In ditch behind Food Lion Surf city
Photo by: E. Corey

Comment: New Hanover, 2006-04-24, male, CABE - Individual seen near drying limesink pond
Photo by: Randy Newman

Comment: red form female, Fort Macon State Park, 2004-10-09
Photo by: Randy Newman

Comment: Mating pair. Notice the red phase of the female. Reportedly the female can have 3 color variations: an andromorphic male-like form, a reddish-orange phase (shown here) and a green form patterned like the red form. Fort Macon State Park, 2003-08-10