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Did You Know? 15 Incredible Familiar Bluet Facts

Familiar bluet facts are fun to read.

Found all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the familiar bluet is a damselfly, with a lot of similarity in physical appearance to dragonflies.

Adaptive to almost any water body, these insects are quite a stunner. Their bright blue color makes them easy to spot and attractive to look at. However, this is a characteristic strictly limited to the male bluet. The female bluet is mostly brown in color. Male bluets also have black stripes along the length of their bodies. Among all other blue damselflies, these are the most vibrant.

They are adaptive to almost any water body. Nothing about it concerns them much, including the salience, pH, and clarity. They are also known for their terrestrial nature. However, water is a necessity for their reproduction. Alongside streams, ponds, lakes, these insects can even live in puddles created from rain.

In Carolina Beach, there is a protected area for these carnivorous insects to grow. In North Carolina, it is important to protect the species belonging to the bottom of the food web. Protecting this familiar bluet species is just an example this.

Are you interested to learn more about such interesting insects living around the world? Then don't forget to read these fairyfly facts and damselfly facts.

Familiar Bluet Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a familiar bluet?

The familiar bluet (Enallagma civile) is a damselfly. Many times people confuse these insects with dragonflies. Although they look quite similar, damselflies have slimmer bodies and are smaller in size.

What class of animal does a familiar bluet belong to?

This damselfly belongs to the Insecta class of the animal kingdom. Among other blue damselflies, the familiar bluet is the most vibrant one.

How many familiar bluets are there in the world?

The exact number of this damselfly available in the world is not known.

Where does a familiar bluet live?

The species of familiar bluet damselfly can be found all across the United States. In recent years, bluets have started moving to California. Their abundance is growing in Montana. They can also be found in Canada and Mexico. However, they cannot be spotted in the pacific northwest of the States.

What is a familiar bluet's habitat?

Any water body is a good enough habitat for the species of familiar bluet damselfly. Their habitat consists of streams, ponds, marshes, lakes, swamps, creeks, and puddles. Although water clarity and salinity does not concern them much, damselflies prefer steady water ponds over other water bodies.

Who do familiar bluets live with?

This species of bluet mostly live in groups. Their groups can be found near water bodies. Although these damselflies are known for their terrestrial nature, they need a water body to reproduce.

How long does a familiar bluet live?

The average life cycle of a familiar bluet is 1-2 years long.

How do they reproduce?

Familiar bluet (Enallagma civile) need water bodies to reproduce. During the breeding season, adult damselflies lookout for potential mating spots in their preferred habitat, which basically means water bodies. Once they have found a perfect spot, the female damselfly then finds vegetation to rest on the water's surface. The male damselfly reaches out to the familiar bluet female to mate. After the mating, the female lays eggs just under the water surface. Males take up the responsibility of looking after females and protecting them, while she lays eggs.

Once the familiar bluet female is done laying the fertilized eggs, then it is time for the eggs to hatch. Damselfly larvae are named naiads. The larvae do not have wings during this point of their life cycle and molt many times before they come out of the water and become adults.

What is their conservation status?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the conservation status of the Enallagma civile (familiar bluet) is Least Concern. However, it has been reported that in some parts of the United States, mostly in Montana, their population is decreasing. Habitat loss is one of the reasons behind the certain decrease in population. But in most parts, their population is quite stable.

Familiar Bluet Fun Facts

What do familiar bluets look like?

Familiar bluets can be spotted in Montana.

The bright blue body color is among the most distinctive physical characteristic of the familiar bluet damselfly. However, it's only males that have a bright blue color. Females are mostly of brown color. Males also have black stripes on their bodies. Their striped head and barred bodies are among the distinctive physical features through which their identification is done. They have compound eyes, and of course, wings.

How cute are they?

It is difficult to characterize this species of familiar bluet damselfly as cute or not. However, their bright body color and beautiful physical characteristics indeed make them unique.

How do they communicate?

Enallagma civile (familiar bluet) mostly uses body language to communicate. Males dance to show their quality to females. It also helps them to show off their territory.

How big is a familiar bluet?

A familiar bluet can grow up to 1.3-1.7 in (3.3-4.3 cm) long. As compared to the dragonfly species, the familiar bluet species are almost 0.4-0.8 in (1-2 cm) shorter in length.

How fast can a familiar bluet fly?

The flying speed of this species is not known.

How much does a familiar bluet weigh?

This species of bluet damselfly is quite small in size and hence, do not weigh very much. However, their exact weight is unknown.

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male and female familiar bluet do not have different names. Thus, both counterparts of the species are known as the familiar bluet.

What would you call a baby familiar bluet?

Baby familiar bluets are called naiads.

What do they eat?

This species of familiar bluets feed upon mayfly larvae, mosquito larvae, moths, termites, flies, mosquitos, flying ants, and even smaller damselflies.

Are they dangerous?

These damselflies are not at all dangerous for humans. However, being a carnivorous insect it indeed poses a certain amount of danger to its prey.

Would they make a good pet?

Although it is not quite of a hectic job to pet these adorable-looking insects, however, it cannot be denied that they are wild, after all. Thus, it won't be much appreciated or encouraged to have these insects as pets.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

As we all know, the climate is changing. We are more likely to face more intense change in the future, which includes heavy rain in dry areas, and little rainfall in areas that are used to downpours. This will, undoubtedly, create a habitat loss for the familiar bluets. Thus, to survive, these Bluets need to learn to adapt to extreme situations. Although migration is not a familiar practice within this species, in the future, it might become the only way for them to survive.

What is a familiar bluet's home range?

The home range of these bluets is spread across the United States, through California. They can be spotted in Montana. These insects are also found in parts of Mexico and Canada.

Damselflies vs. dragonflies

The main difference between the species of damselflies and dragonflies is their size. The damselflies are noticeably small. Apart from that, damselflies have a larger wingspan as compared to dragonflies. In dragonflies, the separation between their compound eyes is quite clear and visible, which is not the case for the damselflies.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these dragonfly facts and fire ant facts.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our familiar bluet coloring pages.

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