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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide


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Scarlet bluet

Enallagma pictum

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern

 


IDENTIFICATION

A small, striking orange-red and black damselfly about 1.1” - 1.3” in length. The body is patterned with red and black. The abdomen is mostly black with red and yellow stripes running the length of the body.

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DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Scarlet bluets inhabitat acidic, sand-bottomed Coastal Plain lakes and ponds with ample floating vegetation. They are often seen perched in the open on water-lillies or emergent grasses closer to shore. Found throughout New Jersey along the Coastal Plain.

DIET

Nymphs feed on aquatic invertebrate; adults on flying insects.

LIFE CYCLE

This species has a flight season beginning in mid-May and ending in mid-September. It is most abundant from late June through the end of July.

CURRENT STATUS, THREATS, AND CONSERVATION

The principal threat is destruction or degradation of breeding habitat. Other threats include lowering water tables due to pumping, sewage and roadway run-off as well as residential and commercial construction. Destruction of surrounding uplands and fields deprives newly emerged adults of protection from predation and adverse weather.


Text derived from the book, Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey. 2009. By Allen E. Barlow, David M. Golden and Jim Bangma.

Edited and updated by Brian Henderson in 2011.


Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
       Class: Insecta
          Order: Odonata
             Family: Coenagrionidae
                Genus: Enallagma
                   Species: E. pictum

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