blue-fronted dancer

(Argia apicalis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

blue-fronted dancer

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Fairly common

Flight/Season

Mid-June to mid-September

Habitat

Small, slow-moving rivers and streams; occasionally also on ponds and lakes.

Size

Total Length: 15 16 to 19 16

Photo by Andy Witchger

Identification

On the male, the face and thorax, including the top of the thorax, is bright blue. The dark shoulder stripes are thin. The top of abdominal segments 8, 9, and 10 are bright blue.

The spurs on the lower legs are long, twice as long as the space between them.

The wings are clear and are distinctly narrowed (stalked) at the base.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 18, 24, 29.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

 

Suborder:

Zygoptera (damselflies)

 

Superfamily:

Coenagrionoidea

 

Family:

Coenagrionidae (narrow-winged damselflies)

 
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blue-fronted dancer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis)
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  Argia apicalis (Blue-fronted Dancer)
Allen Chartier
 
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  Blue-fronted Dancer (Coenagrionidae: Argia apicalis) Female on Leaf
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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2009

Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (06 July 2009).

 
     
  Blue-fronted Dancer checking me and my lens cap while I was filming
Meena Haribal
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 27, 2009

He glared at me as I videoed him. Once he came and checked me out by flying to the right of me and landing back at the same spot. Then he checked out my lens cap which is attached to the lens and hangs to the left and sat back in the same location and stared at me.

 
     

 

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Kirk Nelson
7/24/2016

Location: Fort Snelling State Park, on the Picnic Island Trail

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Andy Witchger
8/3/2016

Location: Slim Lake, St Louis County

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