A Common Whitetail in the Carleton College lower arboretum from 30 May 2016. This dragonfly is “ubiquitous” across the United States and southern Canada (DragonflyID). Males are aggressive and often try to steal females from other males. Their white abdomens are raised in challenge as they fly after their competitors. After mating, females each lay about 1000 eggs.
Across their range, Common Whitetails are found near almost any body of water. They venture from aquatic habitat, and are often seen along walkways, on the grournd, or perhced in shrubbery. They are common in Erika’s garden.