The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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North Carolina's 187 Odonate species

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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records added in 2020 = 13

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Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum) by
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distribution Statewide, lacking records from just two mountain counties. Certainly present in all 100 counties. Unlike many damselflies with a "statewide"range, this species has been recorded from all coastal counties.
abundance Common and widespread in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; locally abundant in a few areas. Fairly common to perhaps locally common in the mountains.
flight A long flight period -- early or mid-April to late October, in all three provinces.
habitat A broad range of lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams.
behavior
comments This is as widespread in the state as any damselfly, and is reasonably common as well. The orange color on the male is quite noticeable.
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Species account update: LeGrand1234

Photo Gallery for Orange Bluet   33 photos are available.
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Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo 1 by: B. Bockhahn, K. Kittelberger

Comment: Moore; P, 2020-05-13,
Photo 2 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2020-05-05, Stones Creek Game Land, Dry Lake area
Photo 3 by: Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf

Comment: Richmond; C, 2020-04-26, Lake McKinney fish hatchery - Many mated pairs
Photo 4 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Richmond; C, 2019-04-18, McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery
Photo 5 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2018-08-25, Max Patch pond - Male
Photo 6 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake
Photo 7 by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - tandem/ovipositing pairs at ponds near park office
Photo 8 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2018-05-11, Northeast Cape Fear River at Chinquapin Boating Access Area
Photo 9 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Johnston, 2018-05-01, Little River at Rains Mill Road bridge, Princeton
Photo 10 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2018-04-28, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge - canal at end of Buffalo City Road
Photo 11 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2018-04-28, Scuppernong River at Creswell Boating Access Area - 1 male and 1 tandem pair
Photo 12 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Anson, 2018-04-21, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
Photo 13 by: Barbara McRae

Comment: Macon, 2017-06-27, He was perched on water plant in beaver pond, near Little Tennessee River, Franklin - male
Photo 14 by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-06-13, - Roosevelt Wilson Park; Davidson, NC
Photo 15 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Currituck, 2017-04-14, Maple Park, Barco - tenerals
Photo 16 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Camden, 2017-04-14, Dismal Swamp State Park (DISW) - teneral male
Photo 17 by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Gates, 2017-04-14, Merchants Millpond State park (MEMI)
Photo 18 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Columbus, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo 19 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Brunswick, 2017-04-12, Waccamaw River from Pireway Boating Access Area to 6 km upstream
Photo 20 by: Mark Shields

Comment: New Hanover, 2017-04-10, Greenfield Lake Park, Wilmington
Photo 21 by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2016-10-04, Northeast Cape Fear River at Holly Shelter Boating Access - males and ovipositing pairs on leaves of spatterdock
Photo 22 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Orange, 2015-05-26, Ayr Mount
Photo 23 by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Graham, 2014-07-16, at Tuskeegee Motel pond
Photo 24 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Jones, 2014-06-22, - Single individual floating on duckweed at Brocks Mill
Photo 25 by: Conrad Wernett

Comment: Onslow, 2012-09-04, - Several male and females seen along section of Cowhorn Creek
Photo 26 by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-07-15, Tailrace below the Falls Lake dam
Photo 27 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Haywood Community College - M & F
Photo 28 by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Haywood Community College - M & F
Photo 29 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-09, Imaged at Beaver Lake
Photo 30 by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-05-09, Imaged at Beaver Lake