Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Variable Dancer

Argia fumipennis violacea

Hagen, 1861

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The most widely distributed of the three subspecies of the Variable Dancer is Argia fumipennis violacea, sometimes called Violet Dancer. Males are violet on the head, top of the thorax and abdomen. The top of abdominal segments 8-10 are blue. Females are brown. Both sexes have wide black stripes on the top of the thorax and clear wings.

Variable Dancer
Variable Dancer

Size: 29-34 mm (1.1-1.3 in)

Habitat: shallow streams, ponds and bogs

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: May to September

Variable Dancer map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.

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Citation: Paseka, J. M. 2013. Nebraska dragonflies and damselflies. URL