They are found through most of the U.S.
They live near wet areas, along streams, ponds and marshes.
They have large wings and are strong fliers. The buzzing sound of their flight can be heard as they go by. They have a brown head and thorax with whitish-blue abdomen. There are 3 dark spots on each wing. The males have white spots between the dark spots. They are 1 - 1.5 inches long.
When they rest on plants or rocks, they sit with their wings spread.
They eat flying insects including mosquitoes, flies, butterflies, moths, mayflies, and even other dragonflies!
Females lay their eggs on plants stems near the water line.
Species: L. pulchella
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