Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies

Division of Entomology

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Leucorrhinia intacta

Selys, 1850

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The Dot-tailed Whiteface is a small black dragonfly with a yellow spot on the top of abdominal segment 7 and a white face. Sexes are similar, although the female has pale yellow spots on the tops of more abdominal segments. They often perch on floating vegetation.

This transcontinental northern species is more commonin the northern and western counties than elsewhere. Sometimes it is locally abundant in these counties, but uncommon or rare in more eastern and southern counties, where it may not be present every year. It is a species of marshy pond edges.

Dot-tailed Whiteface
Dot-tailed Whiteface

Size: 29-33 mm (1.1-1.3 in)

Habitat: ponds, lakes and slow streams

Great Plains Range: KS, NE, SD, ND, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN

Flight season: mid May to mid August

Dot-tailed Whiteface map

Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
Yellow indicates sight record only.


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