Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Purple Dancer

Purple Dancers are common from Mexico to northern South America. We saw several during our tour, but this image was my best effort. It was taken near the Rio Corobici on 7 July 2017 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We found it along a small stream along a road between forest and fields—perfect habitat for this species.

Purple Dancers are in the genus Argia. Curiously the word Argia comes from the ancient Greek for laziness. But these damselflies or not slothful, being known as dancers due to their rigorous, if jerky, flight. Dancer wings are often held slightly raised above their abdomen and are narrow at their bases (Wikipedia).

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