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Re(1): Damselfly - ID?

Male Bluets can be placed in 3 groups according to the amount of blue/black colouring on the dorsal surface: mostly black, intermediate, and mostly blue. Unfortunately many mostly blues can have intermedite forms. The only sure way is to check the claspers. I have seen Northern Bluets and Boreal Bluets recently. Your Bluet is mostly blue, has 8 & 9 blue, & has large eyespots so it probably a Northern or Boreal. Soon Familiar, Marsh, and Hagen's will be out and they are in the mostly blue group as well, but they can have intermediate colour forms. Some bluets have a unique pattern on the side of segment 2. Bluets have segments 7, 8, & 9 with varying amounts of blue and that can narrow down your choices. For an online resource, google the free download photo field guide called "Damselflies of Chicagoland" by Marla Garrison. Published by The Field Museum of Chicago it covers all Muskoka damselflies species except Subarctic Bluet.


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