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.

Click on graphics for larger image  

 New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook

New Mexico Dragonfly List   Chaves County, NM, Damselfly List     

Lincoln County, NM, Odonata List       ODONATA  LINKS

      SENMAS Home Page

This page created 11/1/1998, updated 3/19/00
Orb Weavers
Webmaster KJ Herman