Minnesota Dragonfly

Belted Whiteface

Leucorrhinia proxima

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


Field Marks
  • Average adult size is approximately from 1.3 to 1.4 inches
  • White face
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Red and black patterned thorax which gets darker with age. Immature males have yellow and black thorax
  • Black legs
  • Abdominal segments 1 and 2 are red and black, segments 3 through 10 are black
  • Pruinose develops at base of the abdomen with maturity, turns part of the abdomen, up to segment 6, white
  • Black terminal appendages
  • Cerci not much longer than epiproct

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Field Marks
  • White face with reddish brown eyes
  • Yellow and black thorax
  • Abdomen yellow and back at base, with segments 4 to 10 black, yellow top spots on segments 4 to 7 and small yellow side spot on segment 4
  • Subgenital plates have 2 short, rounded knobs
  • Also comes in a red and black version

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Natural History


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

Range Maps

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