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  • Familiar Bluet - (Enallagma civile)

    Familiar Bluet - (Enallagma civile)

    The Familiar Bluet is a common damselfly owing to their flexibility when choosing a habitat. If there is water, they will come.

    Staff Writer (8/22/2017): The Familiar Bluet is one of the brightest blue damselflies. This makes them easy to spot as they quickly dart from plant to plant, looking for smaller insects to eat. They spend part of their life under water, so a nearby water source is essential in order to continue growing a population. They are not picky either. Familiar Bluets will make a home near ponds, lakes, creeks, streams, marshes, swamps and even puddles. It doesn't matter if they are muddy puddles newly formed after a good rain. Familiar Bluets will take advantage of the new habitat. Adults are most active from late spring all the way through autumn.

    Brown females lay fertilized eggs just under the water's surface while the blue males watch over her. Eggs hatch and the naiads (larvae) will live underwater, feeding on aquatic plants and debris until they molt enough times to warrant crawling on land. Naiads start out looking more like mini-crayfish or crawdads than damselflies. After more molting, they are winged and head out to feed and reproduce.

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    Familiar Bluet

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Familiar Bluet
    Scientific Name: Enallagma civile

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Coenagrionidae
           Genus: Enallagma
            Species: civile

    Size (Adult, Length): 34mm to 44mm (1.34in to 1.73in)

    Identifying Colors: blue, black, brown

    Additional Descriptors: flying, damselfly, dragonfly, skinny, fast, bright, light, ponds

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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