BLUE-TIPPED, DUSKY, AND POWDERED DANCERS
Powdered Dancer. This is our only dancer that develops a white, pruinose coating at maturity.
Female Blue-tipped Dancer at Siebenthaler Fen. Like many damselfly species, the males and females look completely different.
Male Blue-tipped Dancer. This species typically flies from June through early August. They prefer shaded streams and creeks. This is a widespread and abundant species. I have found them at Grant Park in Centerville, Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Caesar Creek, Morris Reserve in Bellbrook, the Narrows Reserve, several of the Beaver Creek Wetlands parks, and many other locations.
Dusky Dancer. The males are very dark, almost solid black, except for a few blue spots on the abdomen tip. Most of my sightings of this species are from Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook. I have also found Dusky Dancers near the Caesar Creek Dam and along the Great Miami River near Middletown.
Powdered Dancers are usually found near swift-moving rivers and creeks. They are abundant at the Germantown and Caesar Creek dams, in several spots along the Great Miami River, and by the creek at Grant Park in Centerville. The individual at left was photographed at Nathan Hale Riparian Reserve in Clinton County. I typically see Powdered Dancers from late May through early September.
Mated pair of Dusky Dancers. I usually find these damselflies in late summer or autumn. My personal early sighting is June 9th, but the vast majority of my records are from August, September, or October.
This Powdered Dancer is younger than the two individuals above. He has not yet fully developed his pruinose white coating.
This is a female Powdered Dancer. They are very similar to female Blue-fronted Dancers, but female Powdered Dancers have pale yellow sides on the tips of their abdomens. (This is a tricky ID, and I wouldn't attempt to identify female Powdered Dancers unless there were known males in the area.)
This is a Powdered Dancer with unusual colors. It looks like he is in the early stages of developing his pale, powdery coating.