Saturday, March 26, 2011

Just a Photo: Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula)

A male Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) in Albany, Oregon. This very common and widespread species is
one of the first to start flying in the Pacific Northwest. This spring has been uncharacteristically cool and
wet, but they should be out any time now as soon as we get a few warmer, sunnier days (at least where
 I am in southwest Washington—it could be a few more weeks further north).


  1. He's eating an insect.

    David Bailey

  2. @Anonymous Hi David--yeah he has a mouth full of some sort of winged insect.

  3. Beautiful picture, how do you get it to pose?,
    Ken Bailey

  4. @Anonymous Ken, that is sometimes pretty tough. Telling them to freeze doesn't work--I've tried.

  5. Wow!You have a great images of these insects. Great timing when you capture his image.

  6. Since this dragonfly took a pose, which is a great capture. It would be nice to take insects photos just like this dragonfly which has an unusual post.