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  • English
    • Common Whitetail
  • Scientific Names
    • Plathemis lydia
    • Libellula lydia
  • Spanish
    • Libélula rayadora blanca

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Recent observations

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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timbir5

Date

August 29, 2014 06:04 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sea-kangaroo

Date

August 24, 2014 02:26 PM PDT

Description

We watched a male patrolling over a female ovipositing in the lake, until she was snatched up by a Common Green Darner and carried off to the bushes to be eaten head-first!

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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maractwin

Date

August 28, 2014 08:37 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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miketroll

Date

August 27, 2014 03:59 PM CDT

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hennda

Date

August 27, 2014 09:27 AM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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maryeford

Date

August 27, 2014 06:55 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jmaughn

Date

August 26, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mothvet

Date

August 24, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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lg_price

Date

August 25, 2014 12:46 PM CDT

Description

At Boat Launch

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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dpom

Date

August 24, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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robberfly

Date

August 24, 2014

Description

We worked this lone one for a good half hour, trying to second guess it's next landing.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

taogirl

Date

August 21, 2014

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(Somewhere...)
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Description from Wikipedia

The Common Whitetail or Long-tailed Skimmer (Plathemis lydia) is a common dragonfly across much of North America, with a striking and unusual appearance. The male's chunky white body (about 5 cm long), combined with the brownish-black bands on its otherwise translucent wings, give it a checkered look. Females have a brown body and a different pattern of wing spots, closely resembling that of female Libellula pulchella, the Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Whitetail females can be distinguished by their smaller...

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Conservation Summary

No range data available.