This is an attractive, strikingly marked species. The males are reddish-brown to black with red-brown marks on its wings that become darker as they age. The female is yellow and black with reddish eyes and black marks on its wings. The length of the body varies from 1.1 to 1.3 inches.
This species is common in eastern United States and southeast Canada. It is usually found at vegetated ponds, lakes, borrow pits, and stream pools with emergent plants or marshy borders. Sometimes they can be found at slow parts of streams or brackish marshes. It is widely, though locally, distributed throughout Wisconsin.
Mid-May to mid-September in Wisconsin.