New York Natural Heritage Program
Little Bluet
Enallagma minusculum Morse, 1895
Insects
Little Bluet Ellen Pehek
Family: Pond Damsels (Coenagrionidae)

State Protection: Threatened
A native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York (includes any species listed as federally Threatened by the United States). It is illegal to take, import, transport, possess, or sell an animal listed as Threatened, or its parts, without a permit from NYSDEC. 1) Any native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York. 2) Any species listed as threatened by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Female Little Bluets oviposit in floating or emergent vegetation on ponds while "in tandem" or coupled with males after mating (Nikula et al. 2003). This behavior is not unique to this species, but not all damselflies do this. This strategy reduces competition from other males: A male ensures that other males cannot mate with a female before she lays her eggs.

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York, Little Bluets have been documented in three locations in Suffolk and Queens counties (New York Natural Heritage Program 2011). A number of sites with suitable habitat were searched during the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (2005-2009), but even with increased effort looking for the species in recent years, only three locations are known in the state (White et al. 2010). There are a number of threats to these locations (see Conservation and Management section).

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