This genus of small, mostly black, low flyers are easy to identify as whitefaces by their white faces with thin short black hairs, small black basal wing spots, and black legs. They are is similar to Sympetrum species in appearance and behavior in some cases. Because species within this genus are similar-looking and change in appearance as they age, careful observation and considerable practice is required to correctly identify both genders of various ages of all species.
The female of this small black dragonfly has a white face and yellow markings on its back. The male is black with some white on its basal abdominal segments. The male is similar to the belted whiteface male, but the frosted whiteface male has no red coloration and is "stubbier" in appearance. The length of the body varies from 1.1 to 1.3 inches.
This species is common in northeastern United States. It is usually found at vegetated ponds and lakes, especially those with floating sphagnum. It is common in the northern two-thirds of Wisconsin.
Late May to early September in Wisconsin.