forktail

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forktail

(ˈfɔːkˌteɪl)
n
(Animals) a name used for various fish and bird species having a forked tail
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The early emergence of forktails and early arrival of migrant species are competitive strategies for survival.
After over-wintering beneath the ice--where some nymphs actively fed and grew, while others, and some eggs, were in diapause (dormancy) --the first species to typically emerge from the aquatic realm is the hardy but dainty damselfly, known as the eastern forktail. Common here, it keeps a low profile, inhabiting dense vegetation near water, gleaning small insects and avoiding predators.
One year, a few weeks after the first forktail sighting, I saw dozens of large dragonflies patrolling and sparring over the water.