Blue-fronted Dancers (Argia apicalis)
The Dancers are a group of damselflies named for their bouncy, dance-like flight. Dancers are notable for often perching on the ground. They may also be seen perching on rocks, logs, and sidewalks, and may also rest on plants. The Blue-Fronted Dancer is a beautiful species that really can be mistaken for no other species in its range, save one. The blue form of the female Powdered Dancer may resemble the male Blue-Fronted Dancer, but the female Powdered Dancers do not have blue on the tip of their abdomens, while the male Blue-Fronted Dancers do.
The mature male's thorax resembles a faceted gemstone, with only the thinnest of black lines separating the various regions of the thorax. On the rear of the abdomen, segments eight, nine, and ten are blue. Females and immature males can be a little tricky to identify, and resemble the females and immature males of other species of Dancers. To complicate matters, as with several other species of Dancers so with the Blue-Fronted there are two female color forms. The blue form female has a blue thorax and looks similar to the male but without a blue tip on the abdomen. The brown form looks similar to other various other female Dancer species.
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.
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