The Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida) is a rather large damselfly, one of the largest in the region (short of a Jewelwing in length). When spotted, these large damselflies command attention, both the whitish, bone-like females and the vivid violet-blue males. I encountered several Vivid Dancers as I chased Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Western Pondhawks on a hot summer afternoon. The female dancers had a tendency to perch low, sometimes on the ground, while the males clung to vegetation a little higher—but typically not exposed at the top, a behavioural trait of their much larger Blue Dasher cousins.
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/640 sec, f / 7.1, -1/3 EV, ISO 640
Dierkes Lake Park, Twin Falls, ID
07 Jul 2011