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Turquoise Bluet (Enallagma divagans) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Stream Bluet   Slender Bluet   Skimming Bluet  
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distribution Essentially 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.
abundance Generally fairly common (to locally 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.
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 slow-moving streams, but it also is found along pond and lake margins.
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 practically no photos uploaded to the website from this large region?
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2022-01-03 13:44:29

Photo Gallery for Turquoise Bluet   20 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Buncombe, 2021-07-17, Biltmore Forest/Brooklawn Park pond
Photo 2 by: L. Arent

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2021-06-03, Buck Mountain Pond near Maple Springs
Photo 3 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Scotland, 2021-05-06, Sandhills GL--Scotland Lake
Photo 4 by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn

Comment: Scotland, 2020-05-14, Lumber River State Park
Photo 5 by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Yancey, 2018-06-17 - vegetated area on edge of small pond
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2018-05-18, Ashes Creek at Shaw Highway bridge
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-05-18, Sandy Run Swamp at NC 50 bridge - abundant; many tandem and ovipositing pairs
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 9 by: Mike Turner, Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

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

Comment: Bladen, 2016-05-27, Black River
Photo 11 by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Macon, 2015-06-08, Highlands Biological Station - at pond edge
Photo 12 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-07, Bear Creek Junction ponds
Photo 13 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Craven, 2014-05-04- All creeks within Croatan National Forest
Photo 14 by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Fletcher Park - Female
Photo 15 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-01, at golf course pond near Beaver Lake, Asheville
Photo 16 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo 17 by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Alleghany, 2010-06-22
Photo 18 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2008-06-07, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo 19 by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Haywood, 2007-06-05, Private pond, Male
Photo 20 by: Ted Wilcox

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