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  • 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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richardwasson

Date

May 11, 2009

Description

2-1/2" wing span. Near a small lake.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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July 24, 2013

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

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August 10, 2012

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

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August 3, 2012

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

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July 5, 2010

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

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May 23, 2009

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

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July 3, 2008

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

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July 7, 2007

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chuckd

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July 27, 2014

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Common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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June 24, 2014 10:33 AM EDT

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Common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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June 22, 2014 03:02 PM EDT

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

camelcreek

Date

June 29, 2014

Description

immature male common whitetail

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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.