Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii (Selys, 1850)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Coenagrionidae   >   Genus Ischnura   

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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 261 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)

Rambur's Forktail in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/7/2020). (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Kent Co., Maryland (6/8/2019). (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (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 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)

Rambur's Forktail in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/31/2021). (c) jasoneavery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (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)

Rambur's Forktail in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/20/2016). (c) Frode Jacobsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Frode Jacobsen via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/20/2022). (c) rosalie-rick, all rights reserved. Photo by rosalie-rick via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/28/2019). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Harford Co., Maryland (6/7/2007). (c) Rick Cheicante, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (7/3/2022). (c) Jonathan Irons, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jonathan Irons. (MBP list)

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

Rambur's Forktail in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (5/29/2022). (c) Jonathan Irons, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jonathan Irons. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/24/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Kent Co., Maryland (6/26/2020). (c) pcowartrickmanphoto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Pamela Cowart-Rickman. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/6/2021). (c) Wendy McCrady, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Wendy McCrady via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Rambur's Forktail in Calvert Co., Maryland (10/7/2021). (c) Jason Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Jason Avery. (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)


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