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.
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
While some consider the corporals to fall in
the genus Libellula, we follow Needham, Westfall & May and place
them in the separate genus Ladona.
Conservation Status:State: S4 - Apparently secure in New Jersey
Global: G4 - Apparently secure globally
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