Hung By The Neck to Lay Eggs

The Familiar Bluet is a Damselfly that lives right here in Tennessee. They can be easily mistaken for a dragonfly, due to the similar appearance. But the main differences are to be noticed are that a Damselfly will have a bigger wingspan and upon closer inspection the dragonfly has a significant gap between their compound eyes. The Familiar Bluet is a beautiful color of blue, thus the fitting name. They generally have a black and blue striped head with its body being a fading blue with black spots at the segments and in between the segments of the body, all equally separated. They range in size from 1” to 1 ½” in body length and have four wings with a span of 1 ¾”.

They live for up to two years and always tend to live near a constant water source like lakes, ponds, creeks and streams. However they have been known to live in an area with a water source as small as a birdbath or large puddles. This damselfly requires water to use as its habitat, survival, mating and reproduction. The eggs of the female are laid under water by crawling down plants that surround the area, then depositing her eggs on the plant just below the surface of water. The female is able to stay under water for ten to fifteen minutes at a time and can take up to an hour to complete the egg laying process. At times the male and female will work together to lay the eggs; with the male hovering above and holding her by the neck with his tail to allow the underwater placement of the eggs. The eggs hatch and do not go through the transformation of many insects, rather they are born as miniature versions of the adults (called instars) and simply grow and molt in order to get larger. Living in the water these small damselflies feed on plants, algae, moss and other vegetation in their habitat. As they mature, they crawl back up the plants or swim to the shore and begin their lives as a small adult Familiar Bluet.

Familiar Bluet’s are carnivorous and feed on a variety of smaller insects such as flies, mosquitoes and ants. They fly over the water habitat watching for these insects looking for moisture, then go in for a vicious attack. They have been observed catching their prey then rabidly ripping the insects apart as they feed. But even though they may be vicious themselves, they do have predators to be on the lookout for. This same habitat is also home to frogs, lizards, snakes, birds and larger insects that feed on the Familiar Bluet. They only have one line of defense, speedy and quick aerial maneuvers in order to elude being caught.

The Familiar Bluet is not looked at as a Nashville Pest Control Issue; rather they can be quite helpful with controlling mosquito populations. However if you have a Pest Control issue here in Nashville, Certified Pest Control is always available to assist with identifying the proper control method for your pesky insect invasion. You can trust our local family to honestly and effectively treat your home and prevent pests all year long.

 

 

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