Powdered dancer

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Powdered dancer
Powdered Dancer Argia moesta 2009-05-25.jpg

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Argia
Species: A. moesta
Binomial name
Argia moesta
(Hagen, 1861) [1]
North America Range Argia moesta.svg
Range of A. moesta [2]

The powdered dancer (Argia moesta) is a damselfly of the family Coenagrionidae. It is native to North America. It may be seen year-round in at least some of its range.[3]


The common name refers directly to the male's pruinosity, appearing to be covered with a powdery blue or grayish substance. Older males are more pruinose, and may even be more ash white than blue. The scientific name moesta, means sorrowful, and may refer to customs (such as those on Ash Wednesday) of dusting oneself with ashes to express sorrow or mourning.[4]


  1. ^ "Argia moesta". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ "Distribution Viewer". OdonataCentral. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ Abbott, John C. (2005). Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. Princeton University Press. pp. 77–78. ISBN 0-691-11364-5. 
  4. ^ Paulson, Dennis R; Dunkle, Sidney W (14 April 2009). "A Checklist of North American Odonata": 11. 

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