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Dot-tailed Whiteface

Leucorrhinia intacta


The naiads live in submerged vegetation. They do not actively pursue prey but wait for it to pass by, a strategy which affords them protection from other predators. Naiads emerge as adults at night. Adults generally fly from early June to early August. This species prefers warmer habitats than most Whitefaces, and is often found sitting on lily pads in heavily vegetated ponds. It hunts from perches on shoreline vegetation. After mating, a male will actively guard a female with whom he has mated by flying above her while she lays her eggs. He apparently does ths to prevent other males from mating with her. The female lays her eggs by dipping the tip of her abdomen in the water while hovering just above its surface.

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Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jun 29, 2015
Submitted on Oct 8, 2016

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