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  • Blue-fronted Dancer - (Argia apicalis)

    Blue-fronted Dancer - (Argia apicalis)

    The slender Blue-fronted Dancer is a Damselfly that flits and bounces as it flies making it a natural choreographer.

    Picture of Blue-fronted Dancer
    Staff Writer (11/21/2013): Dancers flight patterns are not straight-lined; this pond damsel appears to dance, or bounce, along its way. Damselflies are are smaller than Dragonflies, but they can just as colorful.

    The Blue-fronted Dancer is typically found near water (ponds, streams, creeks, riverbanks). They rest on low shrubs, branches, tall grasses and logs. They are active all through summer.

    Males defend territories against males of any damselfly species. They have bright blue eyes and a matching blue on their thorax and at the tip of their tail. Females may have more brown on their head and eyes, but still retain some shade of blue on their heads. The Blue-fronted Damselfly is a member of the Narrow-winged Damselflies. Their wings are very thin where they meet the body. When resting, they fold their wings above their body.

    Females lay their eggs on floating objects in water. The majority of the life cycle is spent in the water as a naiad, breathing the dissolved oxygen from the water through gills found at the tip of their abdomen (tail). Once they mature, they will shed their juvenile 'skin' and emerge as flying adults.

    Naiads are terrific aquatic predators with huge appetites, eating insects, worms and even small fish. Their extendable lower lip allows them a long reach. Quick expansion and a set of teeth secure their prey. Because of its appetite for insects, Blue-fronted Damselflies are beneficial to a riparian ecosystem, keeping populations of smaller insects in balance.

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    Blue-fronted Dancer

    Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
    Common name: Blue-fronted Dancer
    Scientific Name: Argia apicalis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Odonata
          Family: Coenagrionidae
           Genus: Argia
            Species: apicalis

    Size (Adult, Length): 33mm to 40mm (1.30in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: blue; black; brown; gray; red

    Additional Descriptors: bright blue, flying, helpful, skinny

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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