Argia

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For other uses of the word Argia see Argia (disambiguation)

Mexican Blue Dancer
Argia anceps.jpg
Argia anceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Coenagrionidae
Subfamily: Argiinae
Genus: Argia
Rambur, 1842

Argia is a genus of damselflies of the family Coenagrionidae and of the subfamily Argiinae. It is a diverse genus which contains about 114 species and many more to be described. It is also the largest genus in Argiinae. They are found in the Western Hemisphere. They are commonly known as dancers. Although the genus name comes from Ancient Greek: ἀργία argia “laziness”,[1] dancers are quite active and alert damselflies. The bluer Argia species may be confused with Enallagma species.

Unlike most of the Coenagrionidae, Dancers are often associated with flowing water.[2] When perched, they usually hold their wing slightly above the abdomen.[2]

Species[edit]

The genus includes the following species:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Greek Dictionary Headword Search Results". Perseus Project. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Eaton, Kaufman and Bowers (2007). Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. HMH. ISBN 0-618-15310-1. 
  3. ^ von Ellenrieder, N. (2007). "Argia huanacina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Paulson, D. R. (2007). "Argia westfalli". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 

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