Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Enallagma aspersum - Azure Bluet

Azure Bluet - Enallagma aspersum - male Coenagrionidae - Enallagma aspersum - female Azure Bluet - Enallagma aspersum - male Damselfly - Enallagma aspersum - male  American Bluets (Enallagma) - Enallagma aspersum - female Male Enallagma aspersum - Azure Bluet? - Enallagma aspersum - male Dragonfly - Enallagma aspersum Enallagma aspersum? - Enallagma aspersum - male
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 aspersum (Azure Bluet)
Numbers
One of 35 Nearctic species in the genus.
Size
27-34 mm
Identification
Male with very large blue eyespots. Segment 10 is black on top, while segments 8 and 9 are blue on top. Segment 7 is largely blue, but is black toward the front, and there is a characteristic pattern where the blue gives way to black.

Female with unmistakeable paired blue spots on segments 7 and 8. See Ed lam (1) page 58
Range
Most of the Eastern United States, also a disjunct population in Montana. In Canada, reported from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Habitat
Shallow ponds, lakes, and bogs, usually fishless.
Season
June through October
Food
Tiny flying insects
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.