Chalk-fronted Corporal, Ladona Julia

The chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona Julia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in southern areas of Canada and northern areas of the United States. Young individuals of this species are typically reddish-brown in color with a black stripe occurring along the back and white stripes occurring along the shoulders. As young individuals develop, they change colors, with females becoming almost completely brown with some grey markings. Males develop white pruinescence markings along the base of abdomen and upper thorax and females can occasionally develop this trait. Unlike other species of dragonflies, this species can be seen perching on objects in the water and on land, flying up to catch prey. It is a social species that often groups together and readily approaches humans in order to catch prey such as mosquitoes or flies.

Image Caption: Chalk-fronted Corporal. Credit: Dickbauch/Wikipedia