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Species Enallagma traviatum - Slender Bluet

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)
Genus Enallagma (American Bluets)
Species traviatum (Slender Bluet)
Size
29-32 mm
Identification
Abdominal segments 8 and 9 blue. Male has abdominal segment 10 black, with long appendages. Female has segment 10 blue. Middle segments black with blue rings. Large blue eyespots connected by narrow bar. Black shoulder stripes narrow. (1)
Range
Includes eastern United States.
Habitat
Permanent ponds, lakes, often near woodlands.
Season
Late May-September (New Jersey), June-July (Connecticut)
Food
Predatory on other insects.
See Also
Turquoise Bluet, E. divagans, Skimming Bluet, E. geminatum, Pale Bluet, E. pallidum.
Print References
Lam, p. 61 (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.