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