New England Bluet - Enallagma laterale (Morse, 1895)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Recorded across the northern tier of counties.

In Massachusetts it occurs on the coastal plain, sympatrically with Pine Barrens Bluet. It should be looked for in similar sites in New Jersey.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 12 May
Late Date: 28 June

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Allen Barlow
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Small, with small postocular spots and no occipital bar. The humeral stripe is generally the same width as the antehumeral and the abdomen is usually more blue than black. There is usually a black lateral mark on S8.

Pine Barrens Bluet tends to be have more extensive black on the abdomen but cannot be positively identified without examination of the claspers.

Conservation Status:
State: S1S2 Imperiled to critically imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G3 Very rare and local throughout its range, found locally in a restricted range, or vulnerable due to other factors