The Blue-fronted Dancer

One of the more colorful damselflies in this area is the blue-fronted dancer, Argia apicalis.  It is found mostly near slowly-flowing streams.


It glows in the bright sunlight.


It is fairly common, and always attractive.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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2 Responses to The Blue-fronted Dancer

  1. theresagreen says:

    A lovely little insect; I wonder how damselflies and dragonflies came to be so much better and more imaginatively named than butterflies?

    • I never thought about that before, but it is true. We have clubtails, darners, skimmers, pondhawks, dancers, and shadowdragons. Those names do seem more imaginative than those of butterflies. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because fewer people studied dragonflies and damselflies initially, so they could be more creative.

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