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Species Enallagma signatum - Orange 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 signatum (Orange Bluet)
Numbers
One of 35 Nearctic species in the genus.
Size
28-38 mm.
Identification
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:
Range
Eastern United States through Great Plains. Parts of Ontario and Quebec; also southern New Brunswick (TT).
Habitat
Ponds, lakes, and other still-water habitats.
Season
Primarily a summer species in most of range, but all year in Florida.
Food
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.