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Vivid Dancer Damselfly (female) ?

Vivid Dancer Damselfly (female) ?
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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: 2012-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruby's dragonflies & damselflies: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-18 14:46
Viewed: 2071
Points: 6
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this had been one of the most beautiful damselflies that i have seen in my life.

well, in this photograph, though i tried my best, couldn't do much justice to its actual beauty. it was a very windy day.. the leaves were moving like anything.. nonstop. and i had to take this shot like that only. moreover, it, being a cloudy day, i had to shoot in very low light.

wish i could show you the real beauty of this damselfly! you should have seen the wings... looked like white, semi-transparent silk! glittering whenever light was to fall on it!

had searched a lot. but couldn't find out its exact ID.

at first i thought, it could be a Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) female. but no! not matching. neither the abdomen nor the thorax...

but now i think it's a Vivid Dancer damselfly (Argia vivida) and a female. at least, this one is close. but am not cent percent sure.

looking for opinions on its ID. that would be of much help..

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This sleek Damsel with silvery sheen on its wings is a new subject for me too, Ruby.
All the same, it is a good capture with even focus and blurred BG.

Hello Ruby,
You did a great job of photographing this pretty little damselfly, especially in windy conditions. I love the way the sun is glistening off of it's wings.
I tried to see if I could be of any help with the ID and this is what I found. I don't think it is a female Vivid Dancer for two reasons. First my guide book shows that it is found in the western states and second I found a really detailed photo of one which shows tiny black arrow shaped marks along it's abdomen similar to the male, which I don't see on yours. Check out this link and see what you think. http://amazingnature.us/dragonflies/vivid_dancer_damselfly.html
There are 30 species of dancers in the US in which many of the females are a drab brown color, this makes getting a positive ID a real challenge. The closest I come up with based only on photos in my guide book, would be a female variable, and this is just a guess. TFS.
PS. I wanted to try a WS...hope you don't mind.

hello Ruby
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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