Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Red Damsel

Amphiagrion species

Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum Selys, 1876

Eastern Red Damsel Amphiagrion saucium Burmeister, 1839

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Red Damsel males are a distinctive red with a black thorax. They are tiny but their color makes them stand out in green foliage. Females are orange to red with no black markings.

There are two species: the Western Red Damsel (Amphiagrion abbreviatum) and the Eastern Red Damsel (Amphiagrion saucium). However, the ones in Nebraska and most of the Midwest are intermediate between the two species. They can be found in areas with a permanent, very shallowflow of clear water through open to fairly dense stands of aquaticvegetation such as the seepage at the base of a dam.

Red Damsel
Red Damsel pair in "wheel"

Size: 22-28 mm (.9 -1.1 in)

Habitat: near spring-fed ponds, marshes, bogs

Great Plains Range: KS, NE, SD, ND, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: May to August

Red Damsel map

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

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