Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Blue-tipped Dancer

Argia tibialis

Rambur, 1842

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The Blue-tipped Dancer is a medium-sized Dancer. The face and top of the male's thorax are blue-violet and the sides of the thorax are white. The tip of the abdomen is blue, but the rest of the body is nearly black. The females may be blue or brown. May perch in shade.

This is an eastern species just reaching eastern Nebraska, so records are concentrated in the southeastern quarter of the state. It is rarely common but is often found where there are log or brush tangles in a stream.

Blue-tipped Dancer
Blue-tipped Dancer

Size: 30-38 mm (1.2-1.5 in)

Habitat: spring-fed streams as well as sluggish sloughs or swamps

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

Flight season: early June to late July

Blue-tipped Dancer map

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


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