Minnesota Dragonfly

Crimson-ringed Whiteface

Leucorrhinia glacialis

The Crimson-ringed Whiteface is a small black and red whiteface skimmer usually found around boggy or marshy areas. Males are mostly dark with a whiteface, red and black thorax and abdomen that is mostly dark except for a couple of red rings at the base. Females look similar except they are yellow and black


Field Marks
  • Average adult size is approximately from 1.3 to 1.4 inches
  • White face with dark vertex
  • Eyes dark maroon to brown
  • Thorax patterned in red and black
  • Black legs
  • Abdominal segments 1 and 2 red
  • Abdominal segments 3 to 10 black with minimal red stripping and dots on top
  • Dark terminal appendages
  • The radial planate on the forewing typically has a double row of cells
  • There is a small dark wing patch at the base of each hindwing. There are no veins showing on these wing patches

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Field Marks
  • White face with dark maroon to brown eyes
  • Yellow and black patterned thorax
  • Abdominal segments 1 and 2 yellow
  • Yellow top spots on segments 3 to 7
  • "M" shaped subgenital plates

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Natural History


The Crimson-ringed Whiteface is most common in the northern parts of Minnesota, particularly the northeast. Males often perch low or on the ground in clearings away from the water to forage. They will perch low, close to the water, or on floating vegetation or water lilies to defend their territories Females are not commonly seen except when mating and ovipositing


Marshes and boggy edged lakes and ponds


Mating usually occurs while perched and can take up to 30 minutes. Females lay eggs by dipping abdomen into the water

Range Maps

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