SCIENTIFIC NAME: Enallagma civile
FAMILY: Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged damselflies)
ORDER: Odonata (Carnivorous insects)
This male damsel is so small and thin that my camera’s auto-focus will not detect it.
Although this species is common and widespread, I don’t notice them all that often around here. I’m most likely to see on in warm, sunny day within a few days after a good rain.
I have yet to see and photograph a female, which is similar to the male but either a paler blue or olive or tan.
Here it is in flight. You can barely see the fluttering wings, instead there is just a slight blur effect around the head and upper body.
This photo was taken the previous year. A bit blurry, but I like that it was looking at me as I photographed it. Also, it looks like it may be holding on to a black bug on the underside of the blade of grass.
A few details from OdonotaCentral‘s and Insectidentification.org‘s Familiar Bluet pages:
Range: Throughout the U.S. and southern Canada except for Pacific Northwest south through Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela.
Habitat: They spend part of their life under water, and lay their eggs there, so it is essential they remain close to a water source, any of which will do. Adults are active from late spring to autumn.
Diet: Adults eat small insects found on plants, which is why they can be seen quickly darting from plant to plant.