Adult males are identifiable by a distinctive pure white face and red bodies. Juvenile White-faced Meadowhawks are almost indistinguishable from the Ruby and Cherry-faced Meadowhawks. The three species habitats also overlap extensively. White-faces can be identified by having white faces, as the name implies, at maturity. Size is typically 30 to 35 mm.
Found near marshes, ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams, occasionally bogs.