Vivid Dancer Damselfly

Scientific Name:

Argia vivida

Type:

Invertebrate

Habitat:

Springs, ponds, and riparian areas (river habitats) with vegetation and rocks

Range:

Western United States and British Columbia

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List); Threatened in BC due to habitat loss and degradation

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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.

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Contributor(s):

Alex Shahbazi

Last Updated:

April 15, 2021, 4:04:50 PM