Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Emma's Dancer

Argia emma

Kennedy, 1915

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This western species reaches the extreme eastern edge of its range in central Nebraska (Brown and Custer Counties) and is uncommon here. It is found in grassy edges of clear, sandy rivers or large streams so and there are only scattered records through its Nebraska range.

The male Emma's Dancer is a striking violet color with a blue tip to the abdomen. Females are generally grey/brown. Both have a narrow black stripe on the top of the thorax.

Emma's Dancer

Size: 33-40 mm (1.3-1.6 in)

Habitat: along rivers and streams, both rapid and slow-moving

Great Plains Range: NE, SD, CO, WY, MT

Flight season: late June to mid August

Emma's Dancer map

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

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