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Damselfly - Enallagma doubledayi - female

Damselfly - Enallagma doubledayi - Female
Springfield, Virginia, USA
July 31, 2004
A damselfly resting on a cleome. I almost never see damselflies around my garden so this was a rare shot for me, and I have no clue as to the species. Any help in identifying is appreciated.

Female Enallagma civile ?
Check in the guide under bluets for Photo#2692 and see what you think or look in Stokes page 55. There's not much to go on and these are fairly difficult, especially with just the female. Here's another link:
The eyespots look maybe a little large for E. civile so maybe you have something else closeby. Pray for a male to join her.

With the info you and John Fox have given, at least we seem to have narrowed it down to the genus. A lot of these female Enallagma look alike so it's difficult to say what species.

female Atlantic Bluet (Enallagma doubledayi)
is a possibility. There's a shot on Giff Beaton's site at
He cautions that some similar species can only be IDed in hand, though.

I'm in Arlington and had Varied (Violet) Dancer and Familiar Bluets in my yard last month, to my delight. They were like on a photo op. They just perched on a stalk and stayed there, giving me great shots and different angles. I even got one series of the Bluet taking a poop, of all things.


Thanks, John.
The only other damselfly I've seen in my yard was a small male bluet, and that was back in March or April. Definitely a rare site in my garden. Maybe I should take my camera to work someday since I work in Crystal City in Arlington :)

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