Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Alkali Bluet

Enallagma clausum

Morse, 1895

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The Alkali Bluet is blue and black, with abdominal segments 8 and 9 all blue and segment 10 black only on top. All or most of the female's segment 8 is pale blue or pale tan.

This is a western species reaching eastern South and North Dakota andwestern Nebraska, with scattered records almost to Maine. It is rare inNebraska, where it is recorded only in the western one-third of the state, and primarily in the northwest corner. It is typically associated with alkali situations, where it may be abundant.

Alkali Bluet
Alkali Bluet

Size: 28-37 mm (1.1-1.5 in)

Habitat: lakes, especially saline or alkaline waters

Great Plains Range: NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, IA, MN

Flight season: early June to late July

Alkali Bluet map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


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