enallagma

As a welcome to the new (and old) followers of my blog: a Familiar Bluet with surprised face.

Its scientific name is Enallagma civile and is a damselfly of the family Coenagrionidae (order Odonata) that is common and widespread in America. Although the photo does not show the body, Enallagma civile is a tiny damselfly, up to 39 mm. Males are light blue with black bands and stripes and females are quite variable [1]. 

Photo credit: ©Collin Hutton | Enallagma civile from Sandy Creek, North Carolina, US.

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Bluet damselflies (possibly Enallagma annexum) mate in the in the wheel position with the male above and female below. The male’s tail holds the female by the back of her neck, and the female reaches up to obtain the sperm from the male.

This wheel position is typical for damselflies and dragonflies. Some dragonflies fly in this position. After this mating takes place, the female lays eggs. For many damselflies and dragonflies, including the bluets shown here, the male continues to hold the female while the female lays the eggs.