narrow winged damselfly

Sedge Sprite (Nehalennia irene)

…a species of narrow-winged damselfly (Coenagrionidae)  which is native to North America, where it boasts a wide range occurring in the northern part of the United States (on both coasts!) and up into much of Canada. Sedge sprites are typically seen in flight from June through September where they will feed on small insects along vernal pools, marshes, and grassy ponds.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Odonata-Zygoptera-Coenagrionidae-Nehalennia-N. irene

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Zygoptera (Damselflies) Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies) Argia fumipennis violacea - Violet Dancer

My favorite color!!!

Other Common Names Formerly called Violet Dancer. Numbers One of 30 Nearctic species in the genus. Size 29-35 mm. Range United States, and just edging into Canada.  Missing from the northwest quarter of the United States. Habitat Well-vegetated ponds and streams. Season Spring and summer. Food Tiny flying insects. Remarks As the name suggests, this is a variable species.  The variation has led to the describing of three subspecies. The Violet Dancer (A. f. violacea) to the north has clear wings, the Smoky-winged Dancer (A. f. fumipennis) of the southeast has brownish wings, and the Black Dancer (A. f. atra) of Florida has entirely black wings.