Minnesota Dragonfly

Frosted Whiteface

Leucorrhinia frigida

The Frosted Whiteface is a small dark whiteface skimmer usually found around boggy or marshy areas. Males are mostly dark brown and black with white pruinose developing at the base of the abdomen. Females are yellow and black with yellow top spots on parts of their abdomen

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Field Marks
  • Average adult size is approximately from 1.1 to 1.3 inches
  • White face
  • Dark Brown eyes
  • Dark Brown and black thorax
  • Black legs
  • Small black patch at base of wings
  • Black abdomen with white pruinose covering parts of segments 2 to 5
  • Black terminal appendages
  • Cerci not much longer than the epiproct
  • Double row of cells behind the forewing triangle

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Field Marks
  • White face with reddish brown and yellow eyes
  • Yellow and black thorax and base of the abdomen
  • Yellow patches at the base of the wings
  • Black abdomen with yellow top spots on segments 4 to 7, very minimal on segment 7
  • Subgenital plates have 2 pointed knobs

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Natural History


Male Frosted Whiteface perch low on vegetation near the water, on lilypads, or on sphagnum mats where they will frequently guard a small amount of territory around their perch. Females are usually found away from the water until they are ready to mate.


Boggy lakes and ponds especially ones with floating mats of sphagnum


Mating takes place while perched. Females lay eggs by dipping her abdemns, while the males guards nearby. Females may perch in between ovipositing sessions

Range Maps

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