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

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Recent observations

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

June 3, 2013

Place

Caledon (Google, OSM)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

naturalist619

Date

August 1, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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naturalist619

Date

August 8, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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naturalist619

Date

August 8, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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naturalist619

Date

August 16, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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lizlovesnature

Date

July 12, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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falcon427

Date

June 5, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sdz456

Date

June 26, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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arborsphere

Date

July 14, 2007

Description

adult male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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arborsphere

Date

July 14, 2007

Description

adult female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mmcmasters

Date

April 28, 2013

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

sambiology

Date

April 18, 2015

Description

Elizabeth and I went to Buffalo Lake NWR, and although the "lake" was completely dry (this was before the spring floods), we still spotted lots of neat things.

This dragonfly was on a pretty old Dr. Pepper can. :)

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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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