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Species Enallagma signatum - Orange Bluet

Orange Bluet   3 of 3 photos - Enallagma signatum - male Orange Bluet - Enallagma signatum - male Odonata 4 - Enallagma signatum Orange Bluet - Enallagma signatum? - Enallagma signatum - male a different damsel - Enallagma signatum Purplish damselfly - Enallagma signatum - male Enallagma signatum? - Enallagma signatum - male Enallagma signatum - male
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 signatum (Orange Bluet)
One of 35 Nearctic species in the genus.
28-38 mm.
Orange and black, medium-sized. Note that segment 9 is all orange and orange eyespots connected, forming a bar (1). Very similar to Florida Bluet, Enallagma pollutum--can be distinguished by details of male cerci, see:
Eastern United States through Great Plains. Parts of Ontario and Quebec; also southern New Brunswick (TT).
Ponds, lakes, and other still-water habitats.
Primarily a summer species in most of range, but all year in Florida.
Small flying insects.
See Also
Florida Bluet, Enallagma pollutum
Print References
Nikula et al., p. 62--photo of male (1)
Dunkle, pp. 123-124, figs. 92-93--photos of male, female (2)
Works Cited
1.Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies
Donald and Lillian Stokes. 2002. Little, Brown and Company.
2.Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1991. Scientific Publishers.