Violet Damselfly - Variable Dancer
I believe this is Argia fumipennis, known by its common name of Variable Dancer. (Order Odonata, Family Coenagrionidae). If so, a possible refinement of the identification is a male of the sub-species A. f. violacea, based on the blue tip. A common name for that subspecies is Violet Dancer. The females of this species are brown.
If I've erred in my identification, I hope someone more knowledgable will set me straight.
DP211-2014 Posted July 30; processed ditto
I could easily have seen this damselfly before and not realized it. It's quite petite, and unless seen up close, or in an enlarged image, you wouldn't know it was violet. It seems to be a fairly common, widespread species. Hiding in plain sight, you might say. For an alternative shot, more from above than from the side, see here: http://smu.gs/XdvvJT.
Seen on the boardwalk in Mill Creek Park, Dexter, Michigan
Taken July 29, 2014
Title: Violet Damselfly - Variable Dancer
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