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Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Familiar Bluet, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 8/22/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

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.

Picture of the Familiar Bluet
Picture of the Familiar Bluet

Familiar Bluet Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 34 mm to 44 mm (1.326 inches to 1.716 inches)
Identifying Colors: blue, black, brown
Additional Descriptors: flying, damselfly, dragonfly, skinny, fast, bright, light, ponds

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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