They are found from Southern Canada to Nova Scotia and south to Florida and west to Minnesota. They are most common in Canada and the northern U.S. but there are never very many in any one place.
They are found in marshes, ponds and slow-moving streams.
They have large wings and are strong fliers. The buzzing sound of their flight can be heard as they go by. They have a black body with red patches on their abdomen. Their wings have black spots in the middle and on the ends and a dark, red area at the base of each wing. They are 1 - 1.5 inches long.
When they rest on plants or rocks, they sit with their wings spread.
They eat flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, butterflies, moths, mayflies, and even other dragonflies!
Females lay their eggs on plant stems near the water line.
Species: C. elisa
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