Blue-ringed Dancer (male)
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|the way it had stretched its wings, i thought, at first, it was a Spread-winged Damselfly (family: Lestidae). but after a thorough study, i, now strongly believe, it's a Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula) and a male.|
Blue-ringed Dancer damselflies (Argia sedula) are small, active daytime fliers often seen in the grasses and other vegetation around ponds and slow waters.
adult males are recognized by their blue head and thorax and black abdomen ringed in blue. on closer inspection, the black shoulder stripe is quite wide, and the tip of the abdomen is blue. female is similar, but paler than the male and more difficult to identify.
the "bouncy" flight of the Dancers also distinguishes them from the Bluets.
'Argia sedula' is a very common damselfly in Alabama and Mississippi. it is most often found along streams and rivers, but it can also be found at small to large lakes and reservoirs.
throughout the range, the flight season may be from June to August.
various sources available on internet
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- [2012-07-11 10:44]
nice detail with this damselfly, .. well captured
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours
- [2012-07-11 12:24]
Nice macro in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. A background is a bit noisy, but the composition is very good.
- [2012-07-13 14:10]
I believe your ID is absolutely correct and your image is great. I can definitely see why you thought this might be a Spread-winged Damselfly, but the markings tell the real story. Beautiful colors and nicely composed shot.