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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.