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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) Plathemis lydia

Observer

maractwin

Date

July 31, 2014 01:39 PM EDT

Description

My photo of a Spotted Sandpiper was photo bombed by a Common Whitetail dragonfly. Look at the out-of-focus shadow over the head and neck.

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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royaltyler

Date

July 30, 2014 04:45 PM CDT

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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royaltyler

Date

July 28, 2014 07:17 PM CDT

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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pete_woods

Date

July 20, 2014 02:43 PM EDT

Place

frick park (Google, OSM)

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What

Common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

garychang

Date

July 28, 2014 03:33 PM PDT

Description

Flew a bit and perched on vegetation over the pond. Pretty active, but the water is the mani reason why I couldn't get close.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

annikaml

Date

July 28, 2014 10:50 AM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Immature male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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greglasley

Date

July 28, 2014

Description

female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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susanelliott

Date

July 26, 2014

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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muir

Date

July 25, 2014 09:32 AM EDT

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mchlfx

Date

July 25, 2014

Place

llela (Google, OSM)

Description

male

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mchlfx

Date

July 25, 2014

Place

llela (Google, OSM)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

July 24, 2014

Description

Female - Observed at the edge of the woods by the cornfield, above the Esker

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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.