Argia alberta
(Paiute Dancer)

Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Order Description:
Family: Coenagrionidae
Family Description: Dancer

   Naiad-This is a small, but robust naiad ¾ inch (20 to 21 mm) long. The coloration is light brown with dark brown markings.
   Adult-This is a small damselfly 1 to 1 ¼ inches (27 to 32 mm) long. The males are blue on the sides of the thorax and abdomen, and mostly black above. The females are variable in color. They can be blue, or olive, or tan in color, with much less black than the males.

This species is found from southern Idaho east to South Dakota and south to Kansas, New Mexico, and California. In Idaho it is found in the southern half of the state.

This damselfly is found at streams, and in the northern part of its range at hot springs.

Adult Flight Season:
June 4 to July 5

   Naiad-Naiads eat a wide variety of aquatic insects, including mosquito larvae, mayfly larvae, and other aquatic fly larvae.
   Adult-Adults eat a wide variety of small soft-bodied flying insects, such as mosquitoes, mayflies, flies and small moths. They will also pick small insects such as aphids from plants.

Very little is known about the ecology of this species.

The males patrol territories at choice breeding locations along small streams. After males and females mate, the male remains attached to the female as she oviposits.

Populations are widespread, abundant, and secure.
Status: Unprotected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S?

Corbet, P. S. 1999. Dragonflies: Behavior and Ecology of Odonata. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, USA, 829pp.

Logan, E. R. 1967. The Odonata of Idaho. Unpublished M. S. thesis. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA, 105 pp.

Needham, J. G. and M. J. Westfall. 1955. Dragonflies of North America. University of California Press, Berkely, California, USA, 615 pp.

Paulson, D. R. 1999. Dragonflies of Washington. Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle, Washington, USA, 32 pp.

Walker, E. M. and P. S. Corbet. 1975. The Odonata of Canada and Alaska, Vol. III. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 307 pp.

Written by Mark Lung and Stefan Sommer, 2001
Photos by Dennis Paulson, 2001
Design by Ean Harker, 2001.

HTML by Marty Peck, 2001.