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Familiar Bluet

Enallagma civile


Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile, photo © by Michael Plagens

This bluet damselfly was observed at a small lake near Kearny, Pinal County, Arizona, USA. 19 June 2010.

Coenagrionidae -- Pond Damselfly Family

Among the gems that can be found at the margins of small ponds and pools of water in the Sonoran Desert are the bluet damselflies. The larval stages are important predators in the aquatic invertebrate community. As adults they flit gracefully close above the water surface or very nearby, where again, they serve as predators. There are a number of similar blue-colored damselflies and identification usually requires very close inspection of patterns and anatomy.

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