The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Atlantic Bluet   Big Bluet   Hagen's Bluet   Little Bluet  
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distribution Statewide. Though no records for four counties in the southwestern tip of the state, it is assumed to occur in all 100 counties.
abundance Common and widespread across the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; common in the northern and central mountains, but less numerous in the southwestern mountains.
flight A very long flight period for a damselfly -- from early April to late December in the Coastal Plain (though scarce after early November). In the Piedmont and mountains, the flight starts around mid-April and extends to mid-November in the Piedmont and to mid-October in the mountains.
habitat A wide array of ponds and other still water habitats, even slow-moving rivers -- especially where emergent vegetation is present.
comments This is one of the state's most common damselflies, and one of the few that is numerous in truly coastal counties. It is quite similar in appearance to Atlantic Bluet, and thus sight reports of these two in the Coastal Plain must be made with care and might be suspect.
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
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Photo Gallery for Familiar Bluet   32 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-11-06, Hot Springs area
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2020-08-11, Cedar Island
Photo 3 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-04-26, Lake McKinney fish hatchery
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2019-06-02, Northeast Cape Fear River, from Wayne's Landing to 3.5 km upstream and back, by kayak
Photo 5 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, Lowe's River Edge Park; retention pond
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2018-07-13, Cape Fear River at William O. Huske Lock and Dam
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - males at pond near park office
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-10-03, Trent River at Pollocksville Boating Access Area
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-09-03, Everett Creek Nature Preserve
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-08-27, Sutton Lake Boating Access Area
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-08-27, Sutton Lake Boating Access Area
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-10-18, retention pond, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 16 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-09-09, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area - 9 ad.males; 1 pair ovipositing in tandem
Photo 17 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-09-09, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area - 9 ad.males; 1 pair ovipositing in tandem
Photo 18 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2014-05-24, - In front of Lake Waccamaw park center
Photo 19 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-05-15,
Photo 20 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-05-15, Colonel Beatty Park (Meck/Union county line) - temp. near 90°, gusty wind.
Photo 21 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-09-13, Lake Raleigh - including 1 blue adult female (photo is of the blue adult female)
Photo 22 by: Curtis Smalling; Harry LeGrand

Comment: Watauga, 2012-06-19, at private pond - numerous over water and perched
Photo 23 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Female
Photo 24 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and Haywood Community College - M & F seen
Photo 25 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-04, French Broad river North Buncombe county
Photo 26 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-28, Imaged at Fletcher Park Pond
Photo 28 by: FKW, SBW

Comment: Gates, 2007-10-21, MEMI - Male. Near residence.
Photo 29 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2006-08-08,
Photo 30 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-07-15, teneral female