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

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).
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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).