Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Stream Bluet

Enallagma exsulans

Hagen, 1861

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The Stream Bluet male has thin blue shoulder stripes and an abdomen that is mostly black, with thin blue rings. Segment 9 is all blue. The female has similar markings but is greenish where the male is blue.

This is a fairly common eastern species reaching its extreme westernlimit in Nebraska and the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is most common inthe southeastern counties and northern Sandhills. It is found in small, clear, sandy streams in these areas.

Stream Bluet
Stream Bluet male

Size: 31-37 mm (1.1-1.5 in)

Habitat: streams and rivers

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: late May to mid August

Stream Bluet map

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


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