Vivid Dancer Damselfly
Springs, ponds, and riparian areas (river habitats) with vegetation and rocks
Western United States and British Columbia
Least Concern (IUCN Red List); Threatened in BC due to habitat loss and degradation
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
Vivid dancer damselflies are flying insects similar in appearance to dragonflies. Adult males are a rich blue color with transparent wings that appear silvery when flapping quickly in the sunlight. Most adult females, on the other hand, are tan and gray.
Vivid dancer damselflies are the state insect of Nevada and can be found across the state.
Vivid dancer damselflies are able to live farther north than they normally should by inhabiting hot springs.
Damselflies and dragonflies look very similar to each other, but there are ways to tell them apart. Damselflies are generally smaller than dragonflies (usually between 1.5 to 2 inches long), and damselfly wings fold up when they're resting as opposed to dragonfly wings, which stick out.