Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Emma's Dancer

Argia emma

Kennedy, 1915

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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.

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

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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