Wisconsin Odonata Survey


Leucorrhinia intacta  (Hagen, 1861)
Dot-tailed Whiteface

Libellulidae, Skimmer Family

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.


Global: G5     Wisconsin: S5    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Males of this small black dragonfly have white faces and a single yellow dorsal dot on the 7th segment of the abdomen. The immature whitefaces have yellow marking on the thorax. The female has yellow markings on the abdomen with the same prominent, square dorsal spot on the 7th segment. The body varies from 1.1 to 1.3 inches in length.

Description of Habitat/Range:

This species is common in southern Canada and United States, except for the southern United States. It is usually found at vegetated ponds, lakes, and slow waters. It is common in farm-ponds.The dot-tailed whiteface is distributed widely and often abundantly throughout Wisconsin.

Flight Season:

Mid-May to late August in Wisconsin.

Shading illustrates monthly percentages of the total flight season records for the species. Each flight season record is a unique date/location/observer combination where one or more adult or an exuvia was recorded (excludes nymphs). The actual number of flight season records for each month is shown in parentheses.

Flight seasons begin earlier in the southern part of the state, often by a week or more. Also, flight charts may not be accurate for rare species because of few data available.
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Photo of Male dot-tailed whiteface
Male dot-tailed whiteface. © Dan Jackson

Male dot-tailed whiteface
Photo of Male dot-tailed whiteface
Male dot-tailed whiteface. © David Hanson

Male dot-tailed whiteface
Photo of Male dot-tailed whiteface
Male dot-tailed whiteface. © John & Cindy Anderson

Male dot-tailed whiteface
Photo of Immature male dot-tailed whiteface
Immature male dot-tailed whiteface. © Mike Reese

Immature male dot-tailed whiteface
Photo of Female dot-tailed whiteface
Female dot-tailed whiteface. © Ken Tennessen

Female dot-tailed whiteface
Photo of Immature female dot-tailed whiteface
Immature female dot-tailed whiteface. © Ken Tennessen

Immature female dot-tailed whiteface

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