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Seepage Dancer (Argia bipunctulata)

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

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

Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 one. Wings are also 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.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Odonata
        Family: Coenagrionidae
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          Genus: Argia
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            Species: bipunctulata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Argia bipunctulata
Category: Dragonfly or Damselfly
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 30mm (0.90" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: blue, black, tan, yellow
Descriptors: blue bands, skinny tail, fast, flying, beneficial, harmless

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 23mm (0.9in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 23mm
Md: 26.5mm
Hi: 30mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Seepage Dancer may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Seepage Dancer. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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