The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records for 2024-00-00 = 10
Added in 2024-00-00 from a previous years = 3

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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 and one eastern county, it is assumed to occur in all 100 counties.
Abundance Common, at least locally, 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 -- in the Coastal Plain from mid-March to late December, though scarce after mid-November. In the Piedmont and mountains, the flight starts around mid-April and extends to mid-November in both provinces.
Habitat A wide array of ponds and other still water habitats, even slow-moving rivers -- especially where emergent vegetation is present.
Behavior As with many other bluets, it typically is found in full sun at ponds, perching on emergent vegetation just above the water. And, like most, it can be quite local and not found in some ponds or lakes that may seem to appear to be perfect for them.
Comments This is one of the state's most widespread and often seen pond 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 and eastern Piedmont must be made with care and might be suspect. This is especially true as the Atlantic Bluet can often greatly outnumber the Familiar Bluet at some/many Coastal Plain ponds and lakeshores.
State Rank S5
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Global Rank G5
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Species account update: Howard on 2023-01-24 15:12:56

Photo Gallery for Familiar Bluet   36 photos are available.
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Photo 1 by: Amy Padgett

Comment: Bladen, 2024-07-05, William O Huske Lock and Dam 3, NC - 5:00PM at an island of floating vegetation
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Yadkin, 2021-08-10, Yadkin River at Jonesville Greenway
Photo 3 by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2021-07-30, Seen near the Mill at Yates Mill Park
Photo 4 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Richmond; C, 2021-05-06, Lake McKinney (lake & hatcheries)
Photo 5 by: p dixon

Comment: Madison, 2020-11-06, Hot Springs area
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2020-08-11, Cedar Island
Photo 7 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-04-26, Lake McKinney fish hatchery
Photo 8 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 9 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2018-07-21, Lowe's River Edge Park; retention pond
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2018-07-13, Cape Fear River at William O. Huske Lock and Dam
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo 12 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 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-10-03, Trent River at Pollocksville Boating Access Area
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2017-09-03, Everett Creek Nature Preserve
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-08-27, Sutton Lake Boating Access Area
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-08-27, Sutton Lake Boating Access Area
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-10-18, retention pond, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo 20 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-09-09, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area - 9 adult males; 1 pair ovipositing in tandem
Photo 21 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Dare; OBL, 2015-09-09, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse area - 9 adult males; 1 pair ovipositing in tandem
Photo 22 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Columbus, 2014-05-24 - In front of Lake Waccamaw park center
Photo 23 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-05-15
Photo 24 by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-05-15, Colonel Beatty Park (Mecklenburg/Union county line) - temp. near 90° F, gusty wind.
Photo 25 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-09-13, Lake Raleigh - including 1 blue adult female (photo is of the blue adult female)
Photo 26 by: Curtis Smalling; Harry LeGrand

Comment: Watauga, 2012-06-19, at private pond - numerous over water and perched
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Female
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, Lake Junaluska and Haywood Community College - Male & Female seen
Photo 29 by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-04, French Broad River, northern Buncombe County
Photo 30 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery