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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records added in 2021 = 4

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Cherry Bluet (Enallagma concisum) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Burgundy Bluet  
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distribution The southern third/half of the Coastal Plain only, north to Craven Sampson, Cumberland, and Moore counties. NC lies at the northeastern end of the species' range.
abundance Generally uncommon, but locally fairly common at a few sites, where several single-day counts of 25 or more individuals were made in 2017.
flight The flight is moderately extended, from very late March to late October.
habitat Ponds or lakes with sandy bottoms, particularly where there is much emergent vegetation.

See also Habitat Account for Coastal Plain Herbaceous Ponds and Sloughs
behavior Perches on lilypads and other floating or emergent vegetation.
comments There are quite a few "holes" in the county range map, suggesting that the species is a bit local in occurrence. Though it is given an S3S4 State Rank by the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, it might not quite warrant a Watch List status. There have been quite a few records for the species from 2017-2020, including several sizable counts, including an amazing tally of 91 adults in 2020 in Scotland County. However, with just 11 counties known in the state, a rank of straight S3 might be more appropriate.
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S_rank S3S4 [S3]
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-12 15:56:12

Photo Gallery for Cherry Bluet   20 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake
Photo 2 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake
Photo 3 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake
Photo 4 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake; photo by K. Kittelberger
Photo 5 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2020-06-08, Scotland Lake; photo by K. Kittelberger
Photo 6 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Scotland, 2020-05-12, Scotland Lake, Sandhills Game Land, male
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2020-05-05, Stones Creek Game Land, Dry Lake area - including 2 tandem pairs
Photo 8 by: R.Emmitt, H. LeGrand, J. Pippen

Comment: Scotland, 2019-04-28, Crawford Lake
Photo 9 by: R Emmitt and super DSA crew!

Comment: Scotland, 2018-05-11, Scotland Lake
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2018-04-18, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 11 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-05-21 - Patsy Pond. Single female.
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-07, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Land
Photo 13 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Carteret, 2017-04-30 - Males, females, tandems and oviposition seen at any body of water from Patsy Pond to NC Hwy 24
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields

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

Comment: Onslow, 2016-08-05, 1 male, Stones Creek Game Land
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-03-29, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2015-08-01, Boiling Spring Lakes - 1 at Spring Lake Park, 3 at North Lake Park
Photo 18 by: John Petranka, Sally Gewalt

Comment: Brunswick, 2014-10-18, Boiling Spring Lakes. Spring Lake Park. - Males on lilypads.
Photo 19 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Sandhills Game Land
Photo 20 by: E. Corey

Comment: Onslow, 2007-06-13, immature male, notice thin black line below "shoulders". In the similar Burgundy Bluet, this line is more of a wedge.