Small and agile Stream Bluets make the most of warm months far beyond areas with running water.
The Stream Bluet is a type of damselfly in the American Bluet family. Males have a mostly black abdomen. The last segment of the abdomen is completely blue in a mature male, and other segments have a narrow blue band near the joint. Females also have a blue tip at the end of the abdomen. The tubular thorax of both has diagonal lines of color and black. On males, the color is blue; for females, it may be orange, yellow, green, or a combination of theses colors. The area between the eyes of both the male and female also has blue in it. Females have a black abdomen, but the colors on it near the head are extensions of the yellow and green on the thorax. Both sexes have a small dark tile on the upper, outer part of each wing. Legs are pale yellow or blue with thin black lines in the center.
Like other damselflies, the Stream Bluet feeds on small, flying insects. It may be found with other Bluets, and despite its name, it does not restrict itself just to streams. Creeks, lakes, and other water sources are also places to find them. After mating, females go underwater to release fertilized eggs. They may also dab them onto aquatic plants at the water's surface. Flying adults are typically seen resting on foliage or zipping on by from late spring through early autumn.
Scientific Name: Enallagma exsulans
Dragonfly or Damselfly
Size (Adult; Length): 29mm to 38mm (1.13in to 1.48in)
Colors: blue, green, black, yellow, orange
Descriptors: lined thorax, skinny, fast, blue segment, ninth
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