Leucorrhinia dubia (White-faced Darter/Small Whiteface)

A specialist of peat bogs, where it is dependent upon the acid water and floating Sphagnum Moss in which it oviposits and where its nymphs develop. Since we’ve destroyed ~95% of our peat bogs, it is now rare, though it seems locally abundant – there just aren’t many locales left.

Id Notes

  • a medium-sized dragonfly with an overall dark appearance
  • distinctive white frons
  • quite deep looking pterostigmas, front to back
  • ♂ – red (mature) or yellow (immature) dorsal markings on abdomen
  • ♀ – yellow dorsal markings on abdomen
male
female in-cop ovipositing

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