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Species Argia tibialis - Blue-tipped Dancer

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)
Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)
Genus Argia (Dancers)
Species tibialis (Blue-tipped Dancer)
One of 30 Nearctic species in the genus.
total length 30-38 mm
Male very dark above, with broad brownish-purple stripes on thorax, abdominal segments 9 and 10 blue. Female has blue and brown forms, but in both note wide black shoulder stripes, mostly dark abdomen. See Odonata Central for detailed description.
Texas to Florida, north to Pennsylvania, west through southern Ontario to Minnesota
streams, rivers, sloughs; usually perches on the ground
March to September in the south (October in Florida); June through August in the north
small aquatic insects caught in flight
Life Cycle
Oviposit in tandem, in aquatic vegetation or sometimes in wet wood above the water line--an unusual site (1).
Print References
Dunkle, pp. 84-85, figs. 61, 62 (1)
Lam, p. 47 (2)
Abbott, pp. 85-86, photo 10f (3)
Internet References
live adult image of male, plus several categories of info (Odonata Central)
live adult images of male and female (Dragonflies and Damselflies of West Virginia)
live adult image of male (Robert Behrstock, Texas A&M U.)
live adult image of brown female (Robert Behrstock, Texas A&M U.)
live adult image of blue female (Giff Beaton, Georgia)
live adult image of male (Giff Beaton, Georgia)
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
Sidney W. Dunkle. 1991. Scientific Publishers.
2.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.
3.Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States
John C. Abbott. 2005. Princeton University Press.