The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
Home Page Search Odonate Resources
LoginNC Biodiversity Project

North Carolina's 189 Odonate species

«      »

Sort Species by: Family   Scientific Name       [ Undocumented ]
Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records added in 2021 = 3

PDF has more details,
e.g., flight data, high counts, and earliest/latest dates can be seen.
[View PDF]
Burgundy Bluet (Enallagma dubium) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Cherry Bluet  
Identification Tips: Move the cursor over the image, or tap the image if using a mobile device, to reveal ID Tips.
Note: these identification tips apply specifically to mature males; features may differ in immature males and in females.

[Google images]
map
Click on county for list of all its records for Burgundy Bluet
flight charts
distribution Scattered over nearly all of the Coastal Plain, and sparingly into the extreme eastern Piedmont. Absent from the western half of the state, and possibly absent in northern coastal areas.
abundance Generally uncommon (to locally fairly common) in the southern half of the Coastal Plain, and very rare and of spotty occurrence in the northern half. Rare in the narrow Piedmont portion of the range. Through 2016, the highest single-day count was only six individuals, but there have been several counts of double-digit individuals, including an excellent one-day tally of 50, in 2017.
flight The Coastal Plain flight occurs from early May to very early October, whereas that in the adjacent Piedmont is from mid-May to early August.
habitat Generally in highly vegetated ponds or small lakes, especially with floating vegetation such as lily pads.

See also Habitat Account for Coastal Plain Herbaceous Ponds and Sloughs
behavior Often perches on lilypads.
comments The male has a red and black thorax, fairly similar to that of the Cherry Bluet. Through 2016 we had very few recent records, but a stronger interest in studying odonates, especially damselflies, has taken place in at least the southern Coastal Plain starting in 2017. However, few people are searching for damselflies currently in the northern Coastal Plain, though it seems likely that the species has always been relatively rare in this part of the range.

The current State Rank of S4 might be somewhat liberal for this uncommon species. The fact that zero records were made during the entire 2019 year suggests a rarer SRANK, probably at S3S4. Thankfully, there were 5 records in 2020.
state_status
S_rank S4 [S3S4]
fed_status
G_rank G5
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
synonym
other_name
Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-13 13:27:04

Photo Gallery for Burgundy Bluet   10 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Richmond; C, 2021-06-14, - Indian Camp Lake; Burgundy Bluet on left, Skimming Bluet on right.
Photo 2 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Lee, 2017-07-29 - Watson Lake, Broadway
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-05-26, Horseshoe Lake, Suggs Mill Pond Game Lands - many tandem/ovipositing pairs
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2017-05-19, Shelter Creek, lower 2 km
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo 6 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-08, Sandhill Game Land; Scotland Lake
Photo 7 by: Mike Turner, Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-07, Sandhill Game Land; creek at SR 1328 (Hoffman Rd)
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-09-11, Holly Shelter Game Land, waterfowl impoundment
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2016-08-04, Brock Mill Pond, Trenton
Photo 10 by: E. Corey and K. Bischof

Comment: Onslow, 2007-08-11