Small damselflies that normally perch with wings closed above the abdomen. Most males are blue marked with black, but the main colour may be green, yellow, orange, red or purple. Females often have two colour forms per species, one similar to the male (usually blue). Females lay eggs in the tissues of water plants, sometimes completely submerging themselves for a long time while laying. Larave are not as long as spreadwing larave and have short labia, unstalked at the base. There are six genera and 18 species of pond damsels in our region. The American Bluets (Enallagma) and forktails (Ischnura) are the most common groups.
Common at low and moderate elevations, but generally less common than the Pacific Forktail. Inhabits ponds and marshy lakeshores, and is more common in slowly flowing streams than the Pacific Forktail. The stocky little females lay eggs alone, their pruinose bodies and green eyes making them easy to identify.