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Lilypad Forktail
Ischnura kellicotti
The Lilypad Forktail (Ischnura kellicotti) occurs across much of the eastern U.S., reaching its western distribution in east Texas but a few isolated records exist in north-central Texas as well. The species apparently is only found where lilypads are present and it is upon these pads where they typically perch. The blue form and orange form females shown here were photographed in July 2004 on a small pond in Uncertain, Harrison Co., Texas, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 180 mm F/3.5 macro lens with a 2X extender and 550 EX flash. I was not able to get any usable shots of a male but hope to add some in the future. The drooping tip to the abdomen is characteristic of the species.
The next 4 shots of Lilypad Forktail (top 3 female, last one male) were taken near Shepherd, San Jacinto Co., Texas, in June, 2009. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 l IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The next 3 shots of Lilypad Forktail (female, teneral female, and male) were taken near Shepherd, San Jacinto Co., Texas, in March, 2010. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash.
The next 4 shots of Lilypad Forktail were taken in Uncertain, Harrison Co., Texas, in April, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash. The shot shown here is a female, the next shot is a blue-form female, followed by 2 shots of a male.
The male Lilypad Forktail on the right was in San Jacinto Co., Texas, in April, 2012.
Lilypad Forktail
Ishnura kellicotti
male
Spring Lake,
San Marcos,
Hays Co., Texas
28 September 2015

This was the first record for Hays County, Texas
Lilypad Forktail
Ishnura kellicotti
male
Spring Lake,
San Marcos,
Hays Co., Texas
28 September 2015

This was the first record for Hays County, Texas
Lilypad Forktail
Ishnura kellicotti
male
Spring Lake,
San Marcos,
Hays Co., Texas
28 September 2015

This was the first record for Hays County, Texas
Lilypad Forktail
Ishnura kellicotti
male
Spring Lake,
San Marcos,
Hays Co., Texas
28 September 2015

This was the first record for Hays County, Texas