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

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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treichard

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July 3, 2015 01:32 PM EDT

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sambiology

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July 6, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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rcurtis

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July 5, 2015 05:08 PM EDT

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Tallmadge (Google, OSM)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sanguinaria33

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July 6, 2015 11:53 AM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

July 6, 2015

Description

Got off work a little early today, so I went out iNatting! :)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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joshualincoln

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July 3, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cosmiccat

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July 5, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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camelcreek

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July 2, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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maractwin

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July 5, 2015 09:47 AM EDT

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Male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mchlfx

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July 3, 2015

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female

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chrisgoforth

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July 4, 2015 09:18 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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July 2, 2015 05:26 PM EDT
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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.