Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Springwater Dancer

Argia plana

Calvert, 1902

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Springwater Dancer males are a vivid blue color, marked with black. Their black shoulder stripes narrow in the middle. The abdomen is marked with black, and segment 7 is almost all black. Females are pale brown or bluish. This species is very similar to the Vivid Dancer, but the ranges barely overlap in Brown and Keya Paha counties.

Springwater Dancer is a fairly common midwestern species extending west into Nebraskaand north into southeastern counties of South Dakota. It is found primarily in seepage areas or on very small clear streams with overhanging grass and only occasionally on clear, fast flowing streams.

Springwater Dancer
Springwater Dancer male

Size: 33-40 mm (1.3-1.6 in)

Habitat: seeps and springs

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

Flight season: late May to mid October

Springwater Dancer map

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


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