Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
The tiny Rainbow Bluet is one of the most distinctive of the Pond Damsels. Its eyes and face are orange, its thorax has narrow yellow and wide black shoulder stripes, the sides of its thorax are green, its abdomen is black dorsally and green ventrally, and abdominal segment 9 is entirely blue. The female has some of the male's colors but is paler all over.
Rainbow Bluet male. Photo courtesy of Terry Hibbitts.
Size: 27-33 mm (1.1-1.3 in)
Habitat: slow streams and lakes near stream inlets or outlets
Great Plains Range: KS, NE, SD, ND, CO, WY, MT, IA, MN
Flight season: mid May to late July
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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