COMMON WHITETAIL DRAGONFLY
(Libellula lydia)

HABITAT: Common whitetail dragonflies live in ponds, lakes, saltwater marshes, and streams

DIET: Adults feed primarily on flying insects, including mosquitoes, flies, and even smaller dragonflies.

PREDATORS: Birds, frogs feed on adult whitetails, while nymphs (juveniles) are prey for fish and turtles.

FUN FACTS:  Male Common Whitetails are highly territorial and may patrol an area of coastline up to 100 feet in length.  Males may intentionally collide with other males in a show of aggression during mating.

 

Photo by Rick Lewis