Argia variegata F?rster, 1914Coenagrionidae
Male appendages, dorsal view
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Male appendages, lateral view
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Male identification:

  • Labrum and postclypeus blue, lower face marked with blue.
  • Blue postocular spots.
  • Extensive blue on prothorax and pterothorax.
  • S2 mostly blue with a black saddle mark on side.
  • S3-6 with wide blue triangles on dorsum, S7 with a basal blue ring, rarely with a narrow triangle.
  • S8 blue on dorsum and upper half of side, S9 blue on dorsum, but with less blue on side than S8, S10 black.
  • Antenodal cells 3/3.
  • Upper appendage in profile as long as lower and curved downward.
  • Lower appendage in profile shorter than tall with a single lobe like A. pocomana.

Female identification:

  • Pale colors brown in young adults, turning blue with age.
  • Labrum blue, postclypeus black with blue markings, becoming all black with age.
  • S3-4 or 5 with a pale dorsal triangle.
  • Dorsum of S8 all or mostly pale, dorsum of S9 varying from all black to mostly black with a longitudinal wide blue stripe, which may be widened across posterior end.
  • S10 all black.

Similar species:

Male abdomen length: 28.0

Male hind wing length: 21.0

Female abdomen length: 26.0

Female hind wing length: 22.0-23.0

Local distribution: Eastern and western slopes at 900 - 1100 m.

Habitat: Very small streams and spring trickles in forest and open.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Species range: Ecuador

Updated: 13 December 2011

Credits: Text and images copyright by William Haber and David Wagner, 2013