There are seven species of American Bluets (Enallagma spp.) that can be found in the Province. These dainty iridescent blue insects can be seen on warm day gleaning small insects from reeds. Males are brilliant blue with dark markings whereas females may be blue or greenish yellow. They are about 32 mm (1¼ in.) long.
These dainty insects are weak fliers and rest horizontally with wings folded over the abdomen. The pterostigma (wing spot) is diamond-shaped. These damselflies are usually found around streams, ponds or wet areas. Bluets can be found well into summer in most places.
It is difficult to tell the difference between the seven species of American Bluets without a good key. For males, the pattern of the abdominal banding is very helpful, and a good look at his abdominal claspers is a must. Females are harder to separate.
The Boreal Bluet, Northern Bluet and Marsh Bluet are widespread in Alberta. Hagen's Bluet can be found in the central and southern parts of the province. The Tule Bluet lives in the south and the rarer River Bluet, which is associated with flowing water, can also be found in the southern part of the Province, inclsuing Fish Creek Park.
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