Azure Bluet - Enallagma aspersum (Hagen, 1861)

Range & Habitat:

Recorded throughout most of the state, it should be looked for in the counties where it is not yet recorded.

Often found at newly created habitat, such as borrow pits and retention basins.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 14 May
Late Date: 27 October

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

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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The long blue tip to the abdomen, including most of S7 and all of S8, 9 & 10, coupled with the mostly black dorsal surface of the rest of the abdomen, should identify this bluet, one of relatively few that can be told with reasonable certainty in the field.


Conservation Status:
State: S4S5 Apparently to demonstrably secure in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range