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Species Argia apicalis - Blue-fronted Dancer

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Classification
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 apicalis (Blue-fronted Dancer)
Pronunciation
ape-ih-CA-lis
Numbers
One of 30 Nearctic species
Size
33-40 mm
Identification
Mature males have the thorax almost completely blue, with only very thin black lines. Segments 8, 9, and 10 are all blue.

Identifying female dancers are tricky, and this species has both a blue form female and a brown form female. See Lam, page 44(1) for good illustrations of the females.
Range
From the U.S. Great Plains east, and from Florida through Texas and New Mexico, and on into Mexico. Ontario is the only province of Canada to have reported this species.
Food
Tiny flying insects.
Remarks
From Odonata Central:
"Variable thoracic stripe patterns are seen in individuals along the periphery of the species' southeastern distribution, with both a broad-striped form, having a wide full-length humeral stripe, and the more typical form with a reduced pattern, as seen in the south-central United States."

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See Also
Blue-form female of Powdered Dancer, Argia moesta, is very similar.
Print References
Lam, page 44(1)
Nikula, Sones, and Stokes, page 68 (2)
Works Cited
1.Damselflies of the Northeast
Ed Lam. 2004. Biodiversity Books.
2.Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies