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Azure Bluet (Enallagma aspersum) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Attenuated Bluet   Pale Bluet   Slender Bluet  
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distribution Throughout the mountains, and essentially throughout the Piedmont; nearly throughout the Coastal Plain, but essentially absent in the eastern quarter, especially in the Tidewater zone.
abundance Common in the mountains, at least locally. Uncommon in the Piedmont, though may be locally fairly common to common. Rare in the Coastal Plain, and possibly absent close to the coast, especially in the far eastern counties.
flight The mountain flight occurs from late April to late September. The Piedmont flight is slightly longer -- mid-April to early October, and the Coastal Plain flight even slightly longer -- mid-April to early November.
habitat Ponds and small lakes, usually with emergent vegetation. Waters should be without fish.
behavior
comments The species is more easily found in the NC mountains than downstate. Yet, the three highest counts are from the eastern Piedmont -- from Wake County, and thus it is disturbing or at least odd there are no records for 35-40% of the Piedmont counties, and recent records from just several of the counties in this province. Is the species really that scarce in central NC, considering its local abundance in the mountains and Wake County? Of note is that the species is very rare in the SC Piedmont, found just in a few foothill counties.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Azure Bluet

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: John Petranka, Jim Petranka and party.

Comment: Avery, 2019-05-21, Pond on private property that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Avery County. - Males.
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Mitchell, 2019-05-16, Living Waters Campground, Glen Ayre. - female at large pond. First record for county.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Richmond; C, 2019-04-18, Naked Creek at Derby Road bridge - female. First record for county.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers - Abundant; many tandem pairs
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - male at pond near park office
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-06-16, WRC fishing put in on Triplett Rd. - common today but along creek not still water
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-05-14, Elk Creek rocky sandbar - not typical habitat
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2014-07-13, Colonel Francis Beatty Park
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-07, Bear Creek Junction ponds
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2014-05-29, Prairie Ridge Ecostation - 27 males 1 female
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-19, Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Photo by: Curtis Smalling; Harry LeGrand

Comment: Watauga, 2012-06-19, at private pond - in wheel
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-28, trout pond at Max Patch
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2010-07-14, - Leicester patch
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2010-05-04, Imaged at Fletcher Park @ pond
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-28, Imaged at Fletcher Park - imaged Male 9/28/2009
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-24, Imaged at Fletcher Park - imaged 9/24/2009
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-07-21, female
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2005-07-21, female