Orange Bluet damselflies (males)

What’s orange and black but actually called a “bluet?” The Orange Bluet damselfly (Enallagma signatum), of course!

Orange Bluet damselfly (male)

The word “bluet” refers to a type of damselfly rather than the color blue, specifically species of damselflies in the Genus Enallagma (American Bluets). Most bluets are primarily blue in color, as you might expect; three other smaller groups of bluets are mostly black, yellow-to-red, and mostly violet.

Orange Bluet damselfly (male)

There are four families of damselflies in the United States of America. Three of five damselfly families occur in the mid-Atlantic region: Broad-wings; Spreadwings; and Pond Damsels. Pond Damsels is the largest family, including bluets, dancers, forktails, sprites, etc.

An Orange Bluet, shown above, was spotted alongside the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 12 September 2014. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages. Females are green, adding to the color conundrum that is Orange Bluet!

Another male was spotted on 15 August 2014. The photo was taken using my Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera and 55-200mm zoom lens (88-320mm, 35mm equivalent).

Orange Bluet damselfly (male)

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