New York Natural Heritage Program
Scarlet Bluet
Enallagma pictum Morse, 1895

Habitat [-]
Scarlet Bluets are found at acidic, sandy, coastal plain ponds with water lilies (Nikula et al. 2003, Lam 2004). Habitats are also known to include bayonet rush (Juncus militarus) along the shoreline (Gibbons et al. 2002, New York Natural Heritage Program 2011), and Gibbons et al. (2002) found that they are mainly in habitats with white water lily (Nymphaea odorata) on Cape Cod. Most known habitats in New York seem to include water lilies, pickerelweed, shorelines of emergent grasses, rushes, or sedges or margins that are boggy (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011).

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Coastal plain pond
    The aquatic community of the permanently flooded portion of a coastal plain pond with seasonally, and annually fluctuating water levels. These are shallow, groundwater-fed ponds that occur in kettle-holes or shallow depressions in the outwash plains south of the terminal moraines of Long Island, and New England. A series of coastal plain ponds are often hydrologically connected, either by groundwater, or sometimes by surface flow in a small coastal plain stream.
  • Coastal plain pond shore
    The gently sloping shore of a coastal plain pond with seasonally and annually fluctuating water levels. Plants growing on the pond shore vary with water levels. In dry years when water levels are low there is often a dense growth of annual sedges, grasses, and herbs. Submerged and floating-leaved aquatic plants, such as fragrant waterlily and pondweeds, may become "stranded" on the exposed shore. In wet years when the water level is high only a few emergents and floating-leaved aquatics may be noticeable. The vegetation of this pond shore community can change dramatically from one year to the next depending on fluctuations in groundwater levels.

Associated Species [-]
  • Comet Darner (Anax longipes)
  • Martha's Pennant (Celithemis martha)
  • Azure Bluet (Enallagma aspersum)
  • Atlantic Bluet (Enallagma doubledayi)
  • New England Bluet (Enallagma laterale)
  • Pine Barrens Bluet (Enallagma recurvatum)
  • Vesper Bluet (Enallagma vesperum)
  • Lilypad Forktail (Ischnura kellicotti)
  • Golden-Winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis)
  • Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina)