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

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

chuckd

Date

July 27, 2014

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What

Common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

chrisgoforth

Date

June 24, 2014 10:33 AM EDT

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Common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

chrisgoforth

Date

June 22, 2014 03:02 PM EDT

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What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

camelcreek

Date

June 29, 2014

Description

immature male common whitetail

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What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

camelcreek

Date

June 29, 2014

Description

male common whitetail

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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camelcreek

Date

June 29, 2014

Description

female common whitetail

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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ericisley

Date

November 3, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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treichard

Date

July 28, 2014 12:55 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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wsc

Date

September 7, 2014 03:32 PM EDT

Description

2

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

finatic

Date

August 16, 2010 11:32 AM PDT

Description

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Square

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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royaltyler

Date

October 16, 2014 10:16 AM CDT

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Square

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mcduck

Date

June 8, 2014

Description

~6cm length, ♀. 2493 ft. elevation. Caught her in flight, laying eggs in our spring. (blue oak/sagebrush habitat).

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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.