The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook


Libellula subornata
"Desert Whitetail"


       

Libellula (Plathemis) subornata – " Desert Whitetail" of the Family Libellulidae, a southwestern species of dark chocolate-brown, becoming bluish-white on the abdomen with age. The wings have two black-banded ‘lightning stripes' toward the tips, but the actual wing tips are transparent. The adults may be found around marshes and spring-fed pools. The females roost some distance from the water and have a preference for green vegetation. The nymphs inhabit the deep mud bottoms of spring-fed pools and the aquatic vegetation of marshy ponds. This species is found in the drainage systems of the Rio Grande, Pecos, and Gila River drainages.


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