Variable (Violet) Dancer

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park; WMA - Wildlife Management Area.

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Species common name
Scientific name
Length (in inches; M and F if different) Flight season
Relative abundance
Habitat.


Variable (Violet) Dancer
Argia fumipennis violacea
M: 1.1-1.3" F: 1.3" 22 Apr — 8 Oct
Common
Habitat: Most abundant along streams. Edges of lakes, ponds/bogs. Rocky lotic waters/small lakes. Adults prefer sunny spots on or near ground for resting horizontally (distinctive of this genus). Wary/quick to fly when approached.
Variable (Violet) Dancer (M)

Male
June 8, 2004
Font Hill Park
June Tveekrem

Variable (Violet) Dancer (M)

Male
June 16, 2016
David Force WMA
Linda Hunt

Variable (Violet) Dancer (M)

Male
July 18, 2012
Rockburn Branch Park
Bonnie Ott

Variable (Violet) Dancer (M)

Male
August 5, 2012
Oakland Mills
Allen Lewis

Variable (Violet) Dancer (F)

Female
May 17, 2012
Font Hill Park
Bonnie Ott

Variable (Violet) Dancer (F)

Female
July 23, 2015
Robinson Nature Center
Linda Hunt

Variable (Violet) Dancer (F)

Female
June 16, 2016
David Force WMA
Linda Hunt

Variable (Violet) Dancer (M and F in wheel)

Male and Female (in wheel)
August 23, 2008
Blooms Lane
June Tveekrem