Small damselflies that normally perch with wings closed above the abdomen. Most males are blue marked with black, but the main colour may be green, yellow, orange, red or purple. Females often have two colour forms per species, one similar to the male (usually blue). Females lay eggs in the tissues of water plants, sometimes completely submerging themselves for a long time while laying. Larave are not as long as spreadwing larave and have short labia, unstalked at the base. There are six genera and 18 species of pond damsels in our region. The American Bluets (Enallagma) and forktails (Ischnura) are the most common groups.
The most common damselfly in southern B.C.; but in the Yukon, not as common as the Boreal Bluet. Lives mostly along the marshy shores of ponds and lakes, but usually avoiding acidic and saline waters. In B.C., adults usually emerge a week or two after those of its close relative, the Boreal Bluet.