Slender Bluet - Enallagma traviatum (Selys, 1876)

Range & Habitat:

Ranges throughout the state but so far unrecorded in the middle tier of states shown in the map.

Usually found at vegetated ponds and lakes.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 24 May
Late Date: 8 September

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Small and slender, with a mostly black abdomen with blue apical rings. The large triangular postocular spots connected by a prominent bar. The black humeral stripe is narrow.

Compare to the common Skimming Bluet which is found in similar habitats. Also check Stream Bluet and Turquoise Bluet which are usually found along streams and Attenuated Bluet in the Pine Barrens.

Conservation Status:
State: S4 Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range