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Attenuated Bluet (Enallagma daeckii) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Pale Bluet   Slender Bluet  
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Distribution Roughly the eastern half of the state, and highly scattered elsewhere to the west. Specifically, nearly throughout the Coastal Plain (though perhaps absent in some Tidewater counties), the eastern third of the Piedmont, and very sparingly westward to include the extreme southern mountains. Presumed absent from the central and northern mountains; however, presumed to occur as a rarity in the western Piedmont counties.
Abundance Common in the Sandhills, but mostly uncommon elsewhere in the southern half of the Coastal Plain (though locally common in Carteret County). Rare to uncommon in the northern Coastal Plain, and perhaps absent close to the northern coast. Rare in the eastern Piedmont, and very rare at best elsewhere in the Piedmont and southern mountains.
Flight A shortened flight for a bluet, seemingly not occurring after mid-summer. In the Coastal Plain, it occurs from mid-April only to late July, and in the Piedmont from mid-May to early August. The only date record available for the mountains is for late June.
Habitat Sand-bottomed ponds and lakes, usually with shrubby margins.
Behavior Typically perches within clumps of grass or shrubs, where it can be difficult to observe. However, when seen on the wing, it is usually quite obvious owing to its very long and slender abdomen and overall pale blue coloration. Males often fly very slowly, almost like huge forktails.
Comments Our two highest counts are now from the southeastern coastal area. There are also several sizable single-day counts from the Sandhills. Despite there being at least 15 county records west of the Fall Line, there are just a few recent reports from this large area, from Mecklenburg, Durham, and Wake counties. The species is fairly distinctive in its "skinny" look, and thus it has possibly declined in the Piedmont. New records for the Piedmont, and the northern half of the Coastal Plain, are greatly needed.
State Rank S4
State Status
Global Rank G4
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2023-01-18 12:58:54

Photo Gallery for Attenuated Bluet   21 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Richmond; C, 2023-06-30, Lake Baggett, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 2 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Hoke, 2022-06-26, Nicholson Creek Game Land; photo by Lori Arent
Photo 3 by:

Comment: Durham, 2022-06-12, Sandy Creek Dr., Durham; iNaturalist Record #121861402
Photo 4 by: Max Ramey

Comment: Beaufort, 2022-05-30, Bear Grass VOA site
Photo 5 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Richmond; C, 2021-05-06, Lake McKinney (lake & hatcheries) - teneral male
Photo 6 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake; female by K. Kittelberger
Photo 7 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Hoke, 2020-05-14, Nicholson Creek Game Land
Photo 8 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Hoke, 2020-05-14, Nicholson Creek Game Land
Photo 9 by: Hunter Phillips

Comment: Onslow, 2019-04-30, Private pond off Folkstone Road - One caught in spider web
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-26, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Land - 1 tandem pair, 1 lone male
Photo 11 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-21 - Patsy Pond. Most numerous population in one spot I've ever seen.
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-05-02, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo 13 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-30 - Recently emerged, mature and copulating pairs in greater numbers than I have seen before
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-26, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest; females
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-05-08, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-05-08, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 17 by: Harry Wilson

Comment: Wake, 2015-06-07, Perched on vegetation at edge of our pond
Photo 18 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-06-17, First Mecklenburg Co. record - Latta Plantation Nature Preserve - near shore of Mountain Island Lake
Photo 19 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Moore; C, 2013-06-12, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve - one at small beaver pond; rest at large beaver pond; many were mating
Photo 20 by: S. Hartley

Comment: Moore; C, 2012-06-07, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Photo 21 by: E. Corey

Comment: Pender, 2007-05-31