Tiny Dancer – The Sierra Madre Dancer Damselfly

Tiny Dancer – The Sierra Madre Dancer Damselfly

This beautifully blue male Sierra Madre dancer (Argia lacrimans) was found and photographed on a rock sticking out of Sonoita Creek in Patagonia, Arizona on a mild spring morning. Like all damselflies in the dancer family (named so because of their jerky, erratic and highly active movements during flight) males tend to be extremely colorful while the females tend to be drab in color. Unlike other damselflies, dancers tend to catch their prey “on the fly” rather than catching prey on the ground, and this probably explains why they fly in such an erratic manner. (click image to enlarge)

Sierra Madre Dancer (Argia lacrimans)

Sierra Madre Dancer (Argia lacrimans) – Patagonia, Arizona

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December 7, 2016
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