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Vivid dancer (Argia vivida)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This brightly colored damselfly is found in much of western North America; several other species closely resemble it.  As is the case in many damselflies, females are less colorful than males.   These were photographed in Whitewater Canyon in southern California.  Most of them are infected with bright red parasitic water mites (Arrenurus spp.) that feed on the damselfly's body fluids.

  • Canon 7D, Sigma 150 mm f2.8 stabilized macro lens, fill-in flash (2012)