Frosted Whiteface - Leucorrhinia frigida (Hagen, 1890)

This is a species of concern. Please report any encounters to Odonata Central.

Range & Habitat:

Found in the northern tier of states plus an interesting record in Burlington County from 1946.

Typically found near boggy lakes and ponds.

Flight Season:
Early Date: 10 May
Late Date: 27 July

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

Male Dorsal - Photo by Sheryl Chacon
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Very small. Mature males are back with a bit of pruinosity (frosting?) at the base of the abdomen. They resemble a small stocky Belted Whiteface but generally the white does not extend as far along the abdomen and they lack red between the wings. Females have a row of yellow spots on the top of the abdomen, becoming gradually thinner to a fine line on S7. Female's wings usually show black and amber streaks at the base.


Conservation Status:
State: S2 Imperiled in New Jersey
Global: G5 Secure globally, but possibly rare in parts of its range