The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina
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Related Species in COENAGRIONIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 64

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Variable Dancer by Rob Van Epps (left) - Mark Shields (right)
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sciName Argia fumipennis
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distribution Essentially statewide, with the exception being the northeastern Coastal Plain, where it appears to be legitimately absent from several counties Two subspecies are represented in North Carolina: Argia fumipennis fumipennis in the eastern Piedmont and Coastal Plain, and A. f. violacea in the western Piedmont and mountains.
abundance Common to locally abundant across the state (except rare to absent in the extreme northeast); can often be the most numerous damselfly at a site. Most numerous in the Sandhills, where our largest one-day totals have been made.
flight The flight occurs nearly throughout the odonate flight season, as the Coastal Plain records fall from early April to mid-November. The Piedmont flight occurs between late April and early November, while the mountain flight starts slightly later -- mid-May to early November.
habitat Extremely widespread in habitats. Around small streams, ditches, pond margins, and other slow waters; usually where there are grasses and sedges. May often feed well away from water.
behavior
comments As the name implies, this species has highly variable color patterns, though there is generally some lavender coloration on the thorax. It is another of our more familiar damselflies in the state, being common to very common in each of the three provinces and recorded from every county except for five in the northeastern corner of the state.
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Variable Dancer

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Burke, 0000-00-00,
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Forsyth, 2018-07-01, Winston Lake - ad.males
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Transylvania, 2018-06-27, Gorges State Park (GORG) - at Raymond Fisher Pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jackson, 2018-06-25, Pond beside Breedlove Road, 5 km northeast of Cashiers
Photo by: Ken Kneidel

Comment: Yancey, 2018-06-16,
Photo by: Aaron Edmonds

Comment: Harnett; C, 2018-05-15, Flat Branch
Photo by: Guy McGrane

Comment: Watauga, 2017-08-05, Brookshire Park - pair in Tandem, and separate male photographed.
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2017-07-25, Ledges River Park, French Broad River - Male
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Rob Van Epps

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2017-06-13, - Roosevelt Wilson Park; Davidson, NC
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Scotland, 2017-05-15, Scotland Lake and in-flowing creek, Sandhills Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2016-08-30, retention ponds, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2016-06-10, Jones Lake
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2015-07-13, Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville - Female. In grass along edge of woods; male seen but not photographed
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Avery, 2015-07-03, Banner Elk Greenway Trail
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-06-16, WRC fishing put in on Triplett Rd.
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: McDowell; P, 2015-06-04, Hwy 221 Baseball field park on Linville River
Photo by: Jason Love

Comment: Macon, 2015-05-25, Found in backyard; 2450 Middle Creek Rd., Otto, NC - Female, netted, photo, released
Photo by: Joe Lafferty

Comment: Brunswick, 2014-10-07, Sea Trail, Sunset Beach
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: George Andrews

Comment: Mecklenburg, 2013-05-15, Colonel Beatty Park - temp near 90°F, clear, gusty wind
Photo by: Nancy Cowal

Comment: McDowell; M, 2012-08-31, Old Fort / submitted by Vin Stanton - Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male & Female
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Wake, 2012-08-03, Lake Raleigh
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-10, all at Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area - numerous in wheel
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2011-06-10, all at Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area - numerous in wheel
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and Haywood Community College - M & F seen
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and Haywood Community College - M & F seen
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-06-07, North Buncombe county - Turkey creek - leicester patch
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Madison, 2011-06-05, Sandy Mush creek
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-07, Imaged at Fletcher Park Pond
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2009-08-25, Meat Camp Creek ESA
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2009-08-15, Winterville
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2009-06-29, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, male
Photo by: ASH

Comment: Moore; C, 2007-08-27, male
Photo by: ASH

Comment: Moore; C, 2005-07-03, WEWO
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: male, 2004-07-08
Photo by: Ed Lam

Comment: Sampson, 2003-05-28, - female