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Seepage Dancer (Argia bipunctulata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Seepage Dancer.

 Updated: 7/8/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




This narrow-winged damselfly shares similar coloring with bluets, but can be found in areas seeping with water.



Many types of damselflies are found near slow-moving water, but the Seepage Dancer can be found by non-moving waters. Grassy areas where seeps spring from groundwater are prime locations to look for them. Seeps forms puddles in the middle of meadows and grasslands and occur when underground water stores surface in areas of low elevation. Many times, this is near streams where the groundwater can actually contribute to the stream's current by seeping into its flow.

A Seepage Dancer male has a different coloring scheme than the female. Males are black and blue. Females are black and yellow, or black and tan. Both have stripes on the thorax and long, skinny abdomens ('tails'). Wings are clear save for a small, orange-colored plate on each of its four wings. Wings are narrow and usually held back, close to the abdomen. Groups of them often hang out together. Like other damselflies, this species is a predator that feeds on other insects. They are considered beneficial, and beautiful, insects to have around.
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Odonata
        Family: Coenagrionidae
          Genus: Argia
            Species: bipunctulata
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Argia bipunctulata
Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 30mm (0.90in to 1.17in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: blue, black, tan, yellow
Descriptors: blue bands, skinny tail, fast, flying, beneficial, harmless
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