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The Common Whitetail is one of our most frequently seen dragonflies. It grows to about 1 3/4 inches long and has a stocky body. Males have a chalky white abdomen which makes them easy to identify. Males also have a broad, dark brown band in the center of each wing.
Common Whitetails live just about anywhere there is water, including lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, and streams. They occur in very large numbers at beaver ponds.
Common Whitetails are perchers, meaning they often rest on logs, rocks, low plant stems, or even on the ground. Males are very territorial, guarding an edge of water 50 to 100 feet long. They are constantly active, perching only a short time before continuing to patrol their turf.