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Pale Bluet (Enallagma pallidum) by John Petranka
Compare with: Attenuated Bluet   Turquoise Bluet   Stream Bluet   Slender Bluet  
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distribution Essentially limited to the Coastal Plain, where it likely occurs in all counties (though there are records for only 55-60% of them). Also occurs sparingly in the extreme southeastern Piedmont, near the Sandhills region; and a photo from Orange County (from 2003) extends the range westward into the northeastern Piedmont. A sight report for Rutherford County, in the far-western Piedmont, is open to question; there are no known Piedmont, much less upper Piedmont, records for SC or GA (on the OdonataCentral map).
abundance Uncommon to locally fairly common in the southern Coastal Plain -- Sandhills area east to Craven and Onslow counties, but generally rare elsewhere in the Coastal Plain. Very rare in the narrow portion of the range in the Piedmont.
flight In the Coastal Plain, the flight occurs between early May and early August, with a collection record from late September being quite late. The few flight dates for the Piedmont occur from late May to late July. Essentially a late spring and early summer flying damselfly.
habitat Lakes and ponds, especially where there are shrubby or swampy areas around the waters. Also swampy edges of blackwater creeks and rivers.
behavior Males perch low on stems close to shore, often in the shade.
comments In the past several years, there have been quite a few photographs to document the species, especially in the southern Coastal Plain. However, recent observations/photos from the northern two-thirds of this province have been lacking, due perhaps mainly to poor surveys of damselflies in this part of the state. Some form of documentation for the Rutherford County report is needed, as it seems that the species is absent from the Piedmont throughout its range, except very close to the Fall Line.
S_rank S4
G_rank G4
date_spread [Overwinter:] [Date Spread:] [No Late Date:] [Split on Feb:] [Default:]
Species account update: LeGrand on 2022-01-03 15:14:12

Photo Gallery for Pale Bluet   12 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: R. Emmitt

Comment: Scotland, 2019-06-15, Cameron Lake and creek nearby
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak. First record for county.
Photo 3 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2018-06-08, Greenfield Lake, Wilmington, by kayak - tandem pair
Photo 4 by: John Petranka

Comment: Orange, 2018-06-01, Brumley Forest Preserve, North side of NC Hwy. 10 at silo pond. - Two tandem pairs.
Photo 5 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-08, Sandhill Game Land; Scotland Lake - first record in county in almost 30 years
Photo 6 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-05-02, North Lake and Spring Lake parks, Boiling Spring Lakes - mostly tandem pairs
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2016-06-20, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access to 6 km upstream
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-06-04, White Oak River between Quarry lakes and Dixon Field Landing
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-07-11, Shelter Creek, from confluence with NE Cape Fear River to about 2 km upstream - in patches of Spatterdock
Photo 10 by: John Petranka

Comment: Bladen, 2014-06-02 Male, Singletary Lake. Found perched on vegetation along pier and by bridge at lake drain.
Photo 11 by: John Petranka

Comment: Bladen, 2014-06-02 Female, Singletary Lake. Found perched on vegetation along pier and by bridge at lake drain.
Photo 12 by: Patrick Coin

Comment: Orange, 2003-06-10, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area - female