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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records for 2022 = 7
Added in 2022 from a previous year = 2

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Slender Bluet (Enallagma traviatum) by John Petranka, Jim Petranka
Compare with: Azure Bluet   Attenuated Bluet   Turquoise Bluet   Pale Bluet  
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Distribution Throughout the mountains and Piedmont, and over the western half of the Coastal Plain, barely reaching the counties along the western part of Albemarle Sound.
Abundance Fairly common, to locally common, over the mountains and Piedmont; uncommon in the Coastal Plain, with but one recent report. More numerous in the mountains than downstate.
Flight Early or mid-May to late August in the mountains and Piedmont, but the Coastal Plain records extend only to mid-July (though should occur to the end of August).
Habitat A variety of lakes and ponds, typically with emergent vegetation.

See also Habitat Account for General Pond Shorelines
Behavior Males often perch on stubs or twigs low over the water, well out from shore. Thus, it is more readily visible -- in full sun -- than a number of other bluet species. Of course, females tend to stay close to shore in thick vegetation, as with other bluets.
Comments As with so many of our damselflies, there are few people looking for them in recent years in the upper half of the Coastal Plain; thus, it is no surprise that there is but a single recent flight date record from this large region. (Most odonate field work in the Coastal Plain occurs in the Sandhills and eastward to the southern half of the coast.)
State Rank S5
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Global Rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2022-06-11 12:11:50

Photo Gallery for Slender Bluet   23 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: John Petranka

Comment: Granville, 2021-06-28, Turtle Pond. Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area near Stem, NC. - Male.
Photo 2 by: L. Arent

Comment: Yadkin, 2021-06-07, Yadkin County Park
Photo 3 by: Kevin Markham

Comment: Wake, 2021-06-06, Harris Lake County Park - 8 tandem pairs, one lone individual
Photo 4 by: Kevin Markham

Comment: Wake, 2021-05-31, Salem Pond Park, Apex - male
Photo 5 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-08-12, Pond at Wolf Laurel exit, I-26
Photo 6 by: Doug Allen

Comment: Polk; P, 2020-06-14, Caroland Farms - NC section, private ponds - 14 pair in tandem
Photo 7 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2018-06-01, Wetland area near Little Tennessee River in Franklin - Male; perched near wetland pond
Photo 8 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-06-13 - Roosevelt Wilson Park in Davidson. Many mated pairs.
Photo 9 by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka

Comment: Madison, 2016-06-06, Wolf Laurel Community Park Pond, Alternate US Hwy. 23 at Laurel Valley Rd. Both sexes, many tandem pairs. Photo.
Photo 10 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2016-06-01, Brumley Forest Preserve, Triangle Land Conservancy Preserve. Near main pond on south side of Hwy. NC 10. Many tandem pairs. Photo.
Photo 11 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Alleghany, 2015-07-15, Little Glade Millpond, along Blue Ridge Parkway about 0.5 mi. south of US 21 at Mile Marker 230 - Males
Photo 12 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-07, Bear Creek Junction ponds
Photo 13 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Orange, 2013-06-22, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area - in wheel at upper pond
Photo 14 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-06-08, Leach Pond, close to Sandy Mush Game Land
Photo 15 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, Haywood Community College - Male & Female
Photo 16 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, Haywood Community College - Male & Female
Photo 17 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, Haywood Community College - Male & Female
Photo 18 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-28, Beaver Lake Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 19 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-28, Beaver Lake Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 20 by: Lori Owenby

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-04, all sightings from Riverbend Park - two on each side of our 3/4-acre pond edges
Photo 21 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Haywood, 2007-06-09, Haywood Community College
Photo 22 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Iredell, 2007-06-02, Allison Woods - Mated pair
Photo 23 by: Patrick Coin

Comment: Orange, 2003-06-10, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area - female