The Belted Whiteface is a small black and red whiteface skimmer usually found around boggy or marshy areas. Mature males have a white face, black and red thorax, and a black abdomen that is usually white with pruinose. Females can be red and black, like the male, or yellow and black
Belted Whiteface males typically perch low on twigs, leaves or grasses near the water and defend a small territory. Females are not usually found near the water until they are ready to mate.
Boggy lakes and ponds, marshes
Pairs fly away from the water, in wheel formation, into tall grasses, bushes, or trees to mate. Females lay eggs alone, typically unguarded, by dipping their abdomen into the water
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