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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records for 2022 = 12
Added in 2022 from a previous year = 3

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Turquoise Bluet (Enallagma divagans) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Stream Bluet   Slender Bluet   Skimming Bluet  
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Distribution Nearly statewide. Possibly absent in one to several high-elevation mountain counties, and possibly a county or two along the Outer Banks. Nonetheless, the assumption should be made that it occurs in all counties, though possibly absent in one or two far eastern ones.
Abundance Generally uncommon to fairly common across the state, though certainly rare in the extreme eastern counties and in the higher elevations. A one-day count of 120 was made in the eastern Piedmont in 2014, tripling the previous single one-day count of 40; a count of 150 was made in a southern coastal county in 2018. Thus, as with many other bluets, the species is quite local -- quite numerous at some montane ponds, a handful of Coastal Plain creeks, and at various sites (pond margins and creeks) in the Piedmont.
Flight This is another bluet that ends its flight by mid-summer, as opposed to flying well into the fall season. In the Coastal Plain, it occurs from early April only to mid-July. The Piedmont flight is from late April to mid-July, and the mountain flight is slightly later -- early May to early August. Nonetheless, the flights are mostly over by late June across the state.
Habitat Varied. More often at heavily shaded, slow-moving streams, but it also is found along shaded pond and lake margins. Interestingly, most montane records are from ponds, whereas farther eastward, there is a tendency to be a creekside species (at least in the Coastal Plain).
Behavior This species is found more often in semi-shaded places with plenty of shrubs along the edge of a lake, pond, or slow-moving creek; it seldom can be found in full sun, and never out in the open at a lake or pond -- but tucked along shores.
Comments It seems odd that the known counties for it in the mountains are spottily distributed, considering that there are a few notably high counts for the species there. This suggests that the species can be numerous at the lower elevations (below 3,000 feet), but that at middle and high elevations can be quite scarce. Despite quite a large number of sight and supposed photo reports in recent years from the eastern Piedmont, why are there so few photos uploaded to the website from this large region? Reports of the species seen well out from shore, at lakes and ponds, probably relate to the rather similar Slender Bluet (which favors sunnier places).
State Rank S5
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Global Rank G5
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Species account update: shields on 2022-08-13 13:52:34

Photo Gallery for Turquoise Bluet   26 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2022-06-17, Haw River--Bynum Dam
Photo 2 by: Harry LeGrand

Comment: Alleghany, 2022-06-14, various sites in Alleghany County - Little Glade Millpond (Blue Ridge Parkway)
Photo 3 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Bladen, 2022-06-12, Turnbull Creek at SR 1331 (Braxton Edge Rd.)
Photo 4 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2022-05-31, Davis Branch Pond, new county record
Photo 5 by: Lori Arent

Comment: Wake, 2022-05-23, Hare Snipe Creek, in Wooten Meadows Park
Photo 6 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Buncombe, 2021-07-17, Biltmore Forest/Brooklawn Park pond
Photo 7 by: L. Arent

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2021-06-03, Buck Mountain Pond near Maple Springs
Photo 8 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Scotland, 2021-05-06, Sandhills GL--Scotland Lake
Photo 9 by: Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2021-04-30, Clarks Creek Nature Preserve, Hucks Rd., pond
Photo 10 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Scotland, 2020-05-14, Lumber River State Park
Photo 11 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Yancey, 2018-06-17 - vegetated area on edge of small pond
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2018-05-18, Ashes Creek at Shaw Highway bridge
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-05-18, Sandy Run Swamp at NC 50 bridge - abundant; many tandem and ovipositing pairs
Photo 14 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 15 by: Mike Turner, Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-07, Sandhill Game Land; Scotland Lake - 10 adult males
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-05-27, Black River
Photo 17 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Macon, 2015-06-08, Highlands Biological Station - at pond edge
Photo 18 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-07, Bear Creek Junction ponds
Photo 19 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Craven, 2014-05-04- All creeks within Croatan National Forest
Photo 20 by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Fletcher Park - Female
Photo 21 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-01, at golf course pond near Beaver Lake, Asheville
Photo 22 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo 23 by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Alleghany, 2010-06-22
Photo 24 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2008-06-07, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 25 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Haywood, 2007-06-05, Private pond, Male
Photo 26 by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2006-07-13, mated pair