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Turquoise Bluet (Enallagma divagans) by Mark Shields
Compare with: Stream Bluet   Slender Bluet   Skimming Bluet  
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distribution Essentially statewide. Possibly absent in one to several high-elevation mountain counties, and possibly a county or two along the Outer Banks. Nonetheless, the assumption should be made that it occurs in all counties.
abundance Generally fairly common (to locally common) across the state, though certainly rare in the extreme eastern counties and in the higher elevations. A one-day count of 120 was made in the eastern Piedmont in 2014, tripling the previous single one-day count of 40; a count of 150 was made in a southern coastal county in 2018.
flight This is another bluet that ends its flight by mid-summer, as opposed to in the fall season. In the Coastal Plain, it occurs from early April only to mid-July. The Piedmont flight is from late April to mid-July, and the mountain flight is slightly later -- early May to late July. There are no August records as yet for the entire state.
habitat Varied. More often at slow-moving streams, but it also is found along pond and lake margins.
comments It seems odd that the known counties for it in the mountains are spottily distributed, considering that there are a few notably high counts for the species there. This suggests that the species can be numerous at the lower elevations (below 3,000 feet), but that at middle and high elevations can be quite scarce. There are relatively few recent records from the Piedmont, and essentially no photos; has it declined in this province?
S_rank S5
G_rank G5
Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Turquoise Bluet

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Yancey, 2018-06-17, - vegetated area on edge of small pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2018-05-18, Ashes Creek at Shaw Highway bridge
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2018-05-18, Sandy Run Swamp at NC 50 bridge - abundant; many tandem and ovipositing pairs
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo by: Mike Turner, Conrad Wernett, Alyssa Wernett

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-07, Sandhill Game Lands; Scotland Lake - 10 ad.males
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-05-27, Black River
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Macon, 2015-06-08, Highlands Biological Station - at pond edge
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-07, Bear Creek Junction ponds
Photo by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Craven, 2014-05-04, - All creeks within CNF
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Virginia Senechal

Comment: Henderson, 2013-06-20, Fletcher Park, Henderson County - Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-01, imaged at golf pond near Beaver Lake Asheville
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Deb O'Neill

Comment: Alleghany, 2010-06-22,
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Alleghany, 2008-06-07, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Beth Brinson

Comment: Haywood, 2007-06-05, Private pond, Male
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2006-07-13, mated pair