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New Jersey Endangered and Threatened Species Field Guide

Image of An adult male Pine Barrens bluet.Zoom+ An adult male Pine Barrens bluet. © Allen Barlow

Pine Barrens bluet

Enallagma recurvatum

Species Group: Invertebrate

Conservation Status

State: Special Concern



A small species about one inch in length that usually has more black than blue on the abdomen. The head has small blue spots. The female is patterned like the male but is black above and buff below with a small blue spot or pale green on the eighth abdominal segment.

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This species inhabits shallow acidic Coastal Plain ponds with muddy substrates and ample vegetation. It also occurs along the shallow, muddy fringes of large lakes. The New Jersey Pine Barrens region may be the center of abundance for this species. It is often the most abundant damselfly present. Pine Barrens bluets have been found in most Coastal Plain counties.


Nymphs feed on aquatic invertebrate; adults on flying insects.


Pine Barrens bluets have an early and brief flight season. They can be observed from early May through late June. They are one of the first damselflies encountered during the year.


Although common in New Jersey, this species is rare from a global perspective. Its entire range lies within a region undergoing severe development pressure. Habitat degradation and lowering of water tables are primary threats. Destruction of surrounding uplands and fields deprives newly emerged adults of protection from predation and adverse weather. For these reasons, this is considered a Special Concern species in New Jersey.

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. recurvatum

Find Related Info: Invertebrates, Special concern

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