Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Argia fumipennis violacea
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.
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
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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