Friday, August 2, 2013

Northern Bluet Damselfly

 At just 1 1/4 inches long, the Northern Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) would be difficult to spot were it not for the male's striking blue coloration.

 Here in coastal Maine they are found around ponds and swamps.  Look for them in the tall grass.  These photos were taken around a small pond and marsh on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias.

 Generally smaller than their Odonata cousins, the Dragonfles, Damsels belong to the suborder Zygoptera.  You can easily note the difference as Damsels fold their wings together along their abdomen when at rest.  Dragonflies hold their wings out straight.


Another great place to look for Damsels is on lily pads!


Bluets can be found in Maine from May through July!
Summer in Maine is full of nature's wonder.  Come on Downeast and enjoy the season.

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