Double-striped bluet

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Double-striped bluet
Double-striped Bluet - Enallagma basidens, Richard G Thompson Wildlife Management Area, Linden, Virginia - 7185755366.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Enallagma
Species: E. basidens
Binomial name
Enallagma basidens
(Calvert, 1902)

The double-striped bluet (Enallagma basidens) is species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae. This species grows to lengths 21–28 mm. Its common name from the peculiar black shoulder stripe, which is divided in two by a thin blue stripe. This is the key identification characteristic; no other damselfly has a shoulder stripe that looks like this one.

Mature males have an abdomen that alternates black and blue. The final segment of the abdomen is blue below and black above, while segments 8 and 9 are all blue. Females and immatures are tan to olive or brown, but like the mature males they have the divided shoulder stripe.

These damselflies are most typically found alongside lakes and ponds, but are occasionally found next to slow-moving streams, too.