Atlantic Bluet

The Atlantic Bluet is a type of damselfly. It is about 1 1/4 inches long with a blue head and abdomen. The bluet has a long, slender body and black legs with yellow markings. Females also have black stripes across their bluish-gray backs. The 4 wings are clear, making this insect look like a thin blue stick with large eyes.

Bluets live in and near sandy ponds, lakes, and swamps along the eastern coast of the USA. They also like pine-forest regions close to water. Adult bluets eat other small, soft insects while the young eat water bugs.

Like other damselflies, the Atlantic bluet hibernates in the winter. In the spring it will move back to shallow water to breed and live for the warmer months. Adults mate in the spring over shallow water. After mating, the female moves into dense, weed-filled areas to lay her eggs. She will then come up to mate again. The eggs will hatch young bluets called nymphs. Nymphs eat small waterbugs that fly by. They moult about 10 times, shedding their skin and growing a new one until they are adult size. At this point, they crawl out of the waterplants where they have lived and become adults. Adults will live for about 1 month before mating and dying.

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