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
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
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