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Blue-fronted dancer

Argia apicalis

Description:

This damselfly is probably one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen. This one was resting on a tree previously. This damselfly is a common species with a wide range and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of "least concern". This damselfly ranges in length between about 33 and 40 mm (1.3 and 1.6 in). Most males have a blue thorax, the plates being separated by a few black lines, and also have a color-tipped abdomen, segments eight, nine and ten being bright blue, which I Sadly couldn't get, because it quickly flew away. Adults are supposed to be on the wing from mid-summer onwards, but I found mine in the beginning of summer.

Habitat:

In my garden, Fort Worth, Texas.

Notes:

Least concern (IUCN 3.1).

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4 Comments

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 3 weeks ago

Oh, and yes the dark spots on it's eyes are pupils :-)

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 3 weeks ago

Thanks Neil. Yes...I was holding it by it's wings only to get better shots of it, but it was a very happy and entertaining one, because when I released it flew a couple times around me and sat on the same rock again. It pretty much is a new resident in our yard, because i've been seeing it for almost a month mainly on that rock. Very fast to take pics of, but still a truly fascinating and beautiful creature

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 weeks ago

That is so beautiful. Lovely capture! Are you holding it by the wings? The only reason I ask is because of it's eyes. The dark spots (pupils?) seem to be looking straight at you in both photos, and that reminds me of mantids and their 360 degree vision - the eyes follow everywhere! Truly amazing!

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 3 weeks ago

For more information, you can see this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-front...

Saturniidae27
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Saturniidae27

Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 3, 2020
Submitted on Jun 5, 2020

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