Dusky Dancer Argia translata Hagen in Selys, 1865    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Odonata   >   Family Coenagrionidae   >   Genus Argia   


Dusky Dancer (Argia translata) has an extremely extensive range, extending to South America. In this region, it generally occurs along rivers, including large ones, and often with rocky substrates or banks. The dark coloration and blue eyes of the mature male are distinctive (Paulson, 2011). This species is often seen ovipositing in tandem, probably as a deterrent for competing males. In Maryland, this species varies from uncommon to locally abundant (Richard Orr's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Maryland and District of Columbia).

There are 145 records in the project database.

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Dusky Dancers in Howard Co., Maryland (7/15/2020). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

Dusky Dancers in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/23/2004). Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

Dusky Dancer in Carroll Co., Maryland (8/8/2021). (c) Nathaniel Schwartz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND). Photo by Nathaniel Schwartz via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A male Dusky Dancer in Kimble Co., Texas (9/26/2009). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A female Dusky Dancer in Uvalde Co., Texas (7/25/2010). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

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