Familiar Bluet damselfly (immature male)

Familiar Bluet damselfly (Enallagma civile) was spotted at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). This individual is an immature male, as indicated by its terminal appendages and the blue pruinescence that is just beginning to appear on its body.

A Familiar Bluet damselfly (Enallagma civile) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an immature male.

06 OCT 2015 | HMP | Familiar Bluet (immature male)

At this stage, male Familiar Bluets look similar to females.

Step 1. Be aware the same species of dragonfly may appear differently depending upon gender, age, and natural variation. Some species display sexual dimorphism; in contrast, both genders look virtually identical for some species. Finally, females of some species display polymorphism (also known as polychromatism). Source Credit: Five steps to the next level of dragonfly spotting.

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