Congratulations to Susan Elliott for winning the August 2017 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. Her image of a Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis) was the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’.
All records of this species in Vermont are subspecies violacea, known as the Violet Dancer. Reported from every county in Vermont except for Grand Isle, they favor mid to low elevations in much of Vermont where they are often associated with flowing water, but occasionally ponds too. Mountainous areas with higher gradient streams or rivers lack this species. Check out the map of known locations for this species at the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas.
Visit iNaturalist Vermont, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life, and you can vote for the winner this month by clicking ‘fav’ on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!