White Corporal - Ladona exusta (Say, 1839)

Range & Habitat:

Found throughout most of the state, it should be searched for in the missing counties.

A little later than Blue Corporal, it seems to prefer slow streams and muddy lakes and ponds more than that species.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 20 April
Late Date: 3 August

Flight season charts created from records in the official database maintained by Allen Barlow.

Male Dorsal - Photo by Jim Bangma
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Small, most commonly perches on the ground. Adult males have a white abdomen. Females and tenerals have a dark basal streak in each wing, a narrow dark stripe down the abdomen, and narrow white stripes on the front of the thorax.

Common Whitetail is much larger and has large dark spots in the midwing. Also see Blue Corporal and Chalk-fronted Corporal.

Conservation Status:
State: S4 Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G4 Apparently secure globally