Springwater Dancer, Argia plana

The springwater dancer (Argia plana) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States. Its range includes Arizona, Kansas, and Texas.  This species prefers to reside near shallow springs, as its common name suggests, and is often found in woodlands. Males are typically blue in color with a black stripe extending along the sides of the thorax, while females are light brown in color. It can be confused with the vivid dancer, but can be distinguished from this species by noting its range. Its size helps distinguish it from the Aztec dancer and the lavender dancer.

The springwater dancer is abundant throughout its range and has no known major threats. It occurs in many protected areas in its range including state and national parks in the United States, but is not protected in southern areas of its range. The springwater dancer appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Springwater Dancer (Argia plana) damselfly perched along Cottonwood Creek at Heights Park in Richardson, Texas. Credit: Gaberlunzi/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)