Vesper Bluet Enallagma vesperum Calvert, 1919S3 (Watch list)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Coenagrionidae   >   Genus Enallagma   

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The Vesper Bluet (Enallagma vesperum) is a pale, elongate damselfly whose common and scientific names reference late evening vesper prayers, referring to its frequent crepuscular activity. This species is found at ponds and lakes with vegetation nearby. Vesper Bluets often perch on aquatic vegetation, like water lilies, especially in late evening to twilight (Paulson, 2011). This bluet is considered uncommon but widespread in Maryland (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and the District of Columbia). Vesper Bluet can sometimes be overlooked due to its preferred time of day to visit the breeding habitat. It is ranked as S3 (watch list).

There are 47 records in the project database.

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Vesper Bluet in Harford Co., Maryland (5/25/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Vesper Bluet in Howard Co., Maryland (7/9/2017). Photo by Anthony VanSchoor. (MBP list)

A male Vesper Bluet in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/19/2008). First county record. Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Vesper Bluet in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/10/2020). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

Vesper Bluet in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2016). (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

Vesper Bluet in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2016). (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

Vesper Bluet in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/10/2020). (c) Sergei Drovetski, all rights reserved. Photo by Sergei Drovetski. (MBP list)

Vesper Bluet in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/15/2012). (c) Tim Guida, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Tim Guida via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Vesper Bluet (left) and Stygian Shadowdragon (right) in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/12/2018). Photo by Hal White. (MBP list)

A male Vesper Bluet in Sussex Co., New Jersey (6/23/2007). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

An immature male Vesper Bluet in Chesterfield Co., South Carolina (5/5/2012). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

A female Vesper Bluet in Sussex Co., New Jersey (6/23/2007). Note the attached mites under her thorax. Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A female Vesper Bluet in Cheraw State Park, South Carolina (5/4/2012). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)


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