Update, May 26, 2015: added some examples from Live Oak Creek, near Fort Lancaster, Crockett county to demonstrate the variability of this species - see bottom of page.
Dancers Argia leonorae were photographed on
the Sabinal River near Lost Maples State Natural Area, Bandera
County, Texas on September 08, 2004:
Three different males:
a female in tandem:
a presumed "dusky" A. leonorae? This strange
Argia's chosen posing spot was above the ovipositing pair
seen above, and they largely ignored each other, despite a few
forced flights as I tried to manouver for photos. All the other
male leonorae (ten-plus along this short grassy swale)
would interact aggressively with each other.... Not only is there
much more black on S2-S7, there is also more black creeping up
the sides of S8-S10 (especially the latter,) no blue spots/bars
between the eyes, and some extra duskiness on the top of the thorax:.
It was also clearly a bit smaller than the other leonorae:.
I hand-caught the bug and have preserved it as a specimen; click here to see in-the-hand-close-ups:
Update, May 26, 2015: added some examples from Live Oak Creek, near Fort Lancaster, Crockett county to demonstrate the variability of this species: