A mating pair of Variable Dancer damselflies (Argia fumipennis violacea) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This pair is “in heart“: the male is on the upper-left; the female on the lower-right.
In the following photo, the male is on top; the female on the bottom.
The taxonomic classification of Variable Dancer is as follows: Order Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies); Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies); Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies); Genus Argia (Dancers); Subspecies Argia fumipennis violacea (Violet Dancer).
Variable Dancer is a habitat generalist that can be found almost anywhere there is water. Mature males are easy to recognize due to their unique coloration — there are no other species of violet damselflies found in the eastern one-third of the United States. Female Variable Dancers, like many female odonates, are more challenging to identify than males.
It’s helpful to get shots of mating pairs of damselflies, especially “in tandem,” since males and females of the same species can look quite different. The excellent high-resolution digital scans by Gayle and Jeanelle Strickland, listed under “Related Resources” (below), provide clear views of male and female Variable Dancer damselflies.
Related Resources: High-resolution digital scans created by Gayle and Jeanelle Strickland.
- A. f. fumipennis male #1 (Variable Dancer) | full-size JPG
- A. f. fumipennis male #2 (Variable Dancer) | full-size JPG
- A. f. fumipennis male #3 (Variable Dancer) | full-size JPG
- A. f. fumipennis female #1 (Variable Dancer) | full-size JPG
- A. f. fumipennis female #2 (Variable Dancer) | full-size JPG
- Argia fumipennis violacea male (Variable Dancer) | full-size JPG
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Tags: adult female, adult male, Argia fumipennis violacea, Family Coenagrionidae, in heart, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, mating pair, Mulligan Pond, Narrow-winged Damselflies, Variable Dancer damselfly, wildlife photography