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Vesper Bluet (Enallagma vesperum) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Orange Bluet   Golden Bluet  
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distribution Widely scattered over the entire state, though no records yet for the upper third of the Piedmont. In theory, could occur in all 100 counties, but so far recorded only from 32 of them.
abundance Uncommon but rather widespread in the Sandhills region, and not local there. However, outside of this region it is rare to locally uncommon over the rest of the state, being quite rare in most of the Piedmont (with just 10 records there). The peak one-day count is 25 individuals, but all other counts except one are under ten individuals. The many counties in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont where it has yet to be recorded attests to the difficulty of finding the species in the state.
flight In the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, it occurs from late April to early October. In the mountains, the relatively few records fall from late May to mid-October. More data are needed to fill in gaps in the flight charts, though it appears that the starting and ending dates of the flight periods are rather well established.
habitat Lakes or ponds, typically where forests are nearby, for perching (typically in shade). Waters with lily pads are often used.

See also Habitat Account for General Beaver Ponds and Semi-natural Impoundments
behavior As the name implies, the species flies mainly in late afternoon into twilight.
comments The unusual daily flight timing is perhaps responsible for the scarcity of records for this otherwise geographically widespread species, which ranges from the Gulf Coast north to southern Canada. Males have a bright yellow thorax and are not likely to be overlooked, especially in combination with the highly contrasting light blue end of the abdomen.
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G_rank G5
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Species account update: LeGrand on 2021-02-13 15:27:37

Photo Gallery for Vesper Bluet   23 photos are shown. Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: Matt Spangler

Comment: Chatham, 2021-07-13, Jordan Lake--White Oak Creek marsh
Photo 2 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-12, Hot Springs area - several males chasing and competing for perches on lily pads, 3 tandem pairs
Photo 3 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-12, Hot Springs area - several males chasing and competing for perches on lily pads, 3 tandem pairs
Photo 4 by: P Dixon

Comment: Madison, 2021-06-05, Hot Springs area
Photo 5 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2021-04-12, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo 6 by: Harry LeGrand, Lori Arent

Comment: Wake, 2020-09-20, Yates Pond - adult male; on vegetation adjacent to small pool in shade; photo by L. Arent
Photo 7 by: Kyle Kittelberger

Comment: Moore; C, 2020-05-15, Southern Pines - female, attracted during night to moth sheet
Photo 8 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Moore; P, 2020-05-13
Photo 9 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Scotland, 2020-04-17, Most seen in beaver pond by Hoffman Rd.
Photo 10 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Richmond; C, 2019-04-22, Broadacres Lake
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Cumberland, 2018-04-22, Lake Rim
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2018-04-18, Ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest - 8 males, 1 female, including a pair in tandem. First record for county.
Photo 13 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2018-04-17, Boiling Spring Lakes - North Lake Park
Photo 14 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2017-05-26, River Road, Hot Springs - Female, image taken at 10 am
Photo 15 by: Richard Stickney

Comment: Moore; C, 2016-07-31, Reservoir Park, near Southern Pines - male
Photo 16 by: John Petranka

Comment: Bladen, 2016-04-26, Jones Lake State Park; Jones Lake shoreline around the swimming area. Males. Photo.
Photo 17 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2015-05-02, Lake Raleigh - adult male
Photo 18 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Granville, 2013-08-15, Lake Butner (Holt Lake) - male
Photo 19 by: Kaitlin Carnahan

Comment: Watauga, 2012-09-10
Photo 20 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2012-08-26, Beaver Lake, Asheville - Immature Male
Photo 21 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-09-07, Beaver Lake, Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 22 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-09-07, Beaver Lake, Asheville - Male & Female
Photo 23 by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Scotland, 2011-05-05, Scotland Lake in the Sandhills Game Land