New York Natural Heritage Program
Dusky Dancer
Argia translata Hagen in Selys, 1865
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
Dusky Dancer males have violet eyes and mostly black bodies with thin blue rings on the abdominal segments. The lower portion of his thorax is pale or powdery and immature males may have thin yellow shoulder stripes on the thorax. Females are polymorphic and light areas may be brown, greenish brown, or pale blue. They have eye spots and a long pale wedge splitting the black shoulder stripe (Lam 2004, Paulson 2011). 

Diet [-]
Dusky Dancer larvae feed on smaller aquatic invertebrates and adults feed on insects which they capture in flight.
Dusky Dancer Images
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The Best Time to See
Dusky dancer adults have been found in New York from June through the first half of September. Larvae may be found in appropriate habitats year-round.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find Dusky Dancer present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.
Similar Species
  • Blue-Tipped Dancer (Argia tibialis)
    Male Blue-tipped Dancers have blue on segments 9 and 9 of the abdomen, while Dusky Dancer males have only a small blue ring on segment 9 and segment 10 is black. Female duskies have eyespots and a long pale wedge marking dividing the black shoulder stripe (Lam 2004).