Blue-tipped Dancer - Argia tibialis (Rambur, 1842)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Found in scattered locations throughout most of the state, it may be overlooked at other sites.


Flight Season:
Early Date: 5 June
Late Date: 7 September

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Lateral - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Males become mostly dark, with a bit of pruinosity on the lower portion of the thorax, a black abdomen with narrow basal rings on the segments and pruinose blue on S9 & 10. Usually perches on the ground, occasionally on t-shirts, as the one in the photo is doing.

Dusky Dancer is also dark, but the blue tip of the abdomen is replaced by small blue spots on S8 & 9.

Conservation Status:
State: S3S4 Apparently secure but should be watched
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range