Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Blue-ringed Dancer

Argia sedula

Hagen, 1861

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The male Blue-ringed Dancer is mostly black with amber-tinted wings. The face is blue and the shoulder stripes are dark purplish blue. As in many of our Dancers, the last three abdominal segments are also blue. The females are greenish brown.

Nebraska is at the extreme northern edge of the range of this uncommon species. There are no Wyoming, Iowa or South Dakota records, and Nebraska records are mostly located in a band running north-south through the center of the state. It is rarely common and it is found on rivers and streams down to those so small the grass on both sides touches in the middle (Fred Sibley comment).

Blue-ringed Dancer

Size: 29-34 mm (1.1-1.3 in)

Habitat: streams or lakes with dense vegetation

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, MO

Flight season: early July to late August

Blue-ringed Dancer map

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

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