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Blue-ringed Dancer (male)

Blue-ringed Dancer (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-07-11 8:13
Viewed: 2132
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

information courtesy:
various sources available on internet

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  • Great 
  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-07-11 10:44]

nice detail with this damselfly, .. well captured


hello Ruby
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greetinglou

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-11 12:24]

Hello Ruby,
Nice macro in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. A background is a bit noisy, but the composition is very good.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-13 14:10]

Hello Ruby,
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.

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