Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Powdered Dancer

Argia moesta

Hagen, 1861

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The Powdered Dancer male, with its whitish head, thorax and abdominal segments 9 and 10, is our only mostly white damselfly. It is also our largest Dancer. The male has a wide, dark shoulder stripe. Females may be either brown or blue. The blue forms become gray at cool temperatures.

It is a fairly common eastern species with Nebraska on the extreme northeast edge of its range. Although primarily a river species, it is found on streams in southeastern counties and on large reservoirs on the Republican River. It is found mostly in southern tiers of counties, but there are also records from upper reaches of the Niobrara and Loup Rivers in Cherry, Grant and Hooker counties, plus records in Dawes County on the White River. It seems to prefer riffle areas of streams and bare rocks around bridge abutments.

Powdered Dancer
Powdered Dancer male

Size: 37-42 mm (1.5-1.7 in)

Habitat: rocky river banks and shores of lakes with rocky shores

Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, NM, CO, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: early June to early September

Powdered Dancer map

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


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