New York Natural Heritage Program
Pine Barrens Bluet
Enallagma recurvatum Davis, 1913

Identifying Characteristics [-]
The male Enallagma recurvatum has a blue thorax with black mid-dorsal and shoulder stripes and tear-shaped, blue spots behind the eyes (Nikula et al. 2003). The abdomen is blue with black markings; the amount of black increases incrementally from abdominal segment 3 through 7 (Lam 2004). There is usually a small, black, horizontal mark laterally on abdominal segment 8. The female has a similar thorax, with pale areas that are tan or blue-gray and the abdomen is mostly black above, with either a blue or green unique mark dorsally at the base of abdominal segment 8 (Nikula et al. 2003, Lam 2004).
Pine Barrens Bluet Images
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The Best Time to See
In New York, both pre- and during NYDDS, records for adults have been documented between May 4 and July 6 (Donnelly 1999) with most coming from the first half of June (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011). In Maine, specimens have also been taken in mid to late June (Brunelle & deMaynadier 2005). Adults are known to fly in New Jersey from May 8 through June 27 (Bangma & Barlow 2010) and in Massachusetts from late May through early July (Lam 2004). This species has a short and early flight season throughout its range (Carpenter 1991).
Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find Pine Barrens Bluet present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.
Similar Species
  • New England Bluet (Enallagma laterale)
    Male New England Bluets have wider blue shoulder stripes and more prominent black marks on the side of abdominal segment 8 than male Pine Barrens Bluets (Lam 2004).
  • Skimming Bluet (Enallagma geminatum)
    Female Skimming Bluets are similar to Pine Barrens Bluets, but they have a wavy blue stripe on abdominal segment 2 (Nikula et al. 2003).