Saturday, June 4, 2011

Boreal Bluet

This female damselfly is probably a Boreal Bluet, Enallagma boreale. According to Scott King, my local Odonate expert, they are "impossible to separate from the Northern Bluets except under the microscope."  Females are even harder to identify than males. In Rice County, Northern Bluets are more often found near large lakes.  "So the odds favor the Boreal," concludes Scott. Boreal Bluets are are found in the northern United States and Canada. They are found near ponds and slow streams. Boreal Bluets are usually common and widespread, early-season damselflies.

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