Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Paiute Dancer

Argia alberta

Kennedy, 1918

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The Paiute Dancer male is overall blue to violet with black and grey markings. There is a wide black bar from one large eye through the ocelli (three small eyes) to the other large eye. The female is much browner than the male. Both have black shoulder stripes which are forked in their upper 1/3 to 1/2.

It is a fairly common western species extending east into western Iowa.It is more common in the western half of the state but there are scattered records in eastern counties. It is most common in small trickles or seeps, even in marshy areas with little water. On small streams, and sometimeslarger streams, it can be found in the grass overhanging from banks. Seeps from the bases of dams are reliables sites.

Paiute Dancer

Size: 27-32 mm (1.1-1.3 in)

Habitat: spring-fed seeps, streams, marshes

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, WY, MT, IA

Flight season: mid May to late August

Paiute Dancer map

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

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