Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Vivid Dancer

Argia vivida

Hagen in Selys, 1865

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The Vivid Dancer is similar to Springwater Dancer. The male is bright blue, with a wide stripe on the top of the thorax. The blue abdominal segments are ringed with black. Females are blue or brown.

Nebraska is at the extreme eastern edge of the range of this western species. It is uncommon and found only in the western half of the state east to Keya Paha and Hayes Counties in the same habitat as Springwater Dancer - small streams, seeps, rushing, clear, sandy streams. It is oftenabundant, but it is impossible toseparate from Springwater Dancer in the field.

Vivid Dancer

Size: 29-38 mm (1.1-1.5 in)

Habitat: spring-fed streams and pools

Great Plains Range: NE, SD, NM, CO, WY, MT

Flight season: late May to late August

Vivid Dancer map

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


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