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  • French
    • la lydienne
  • 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

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rsc123

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April 16, 2015 11:14 AM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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th0th

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April 15, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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greglasley

Date

April 14, 2015

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female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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June 6, 2012

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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butterflies4fun

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April 12, 2015 01:18 PM CDT

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Hilltopping. Is this an immature maybe?

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

April 13, 2015

Description

Seeing quite a few of these...

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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greglasley

Date

April 13, 2015

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female

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P1520165

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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taogirl

Date

April 12, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mchlfx

Date

April 9, 2015

Description

Female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mchlfx

Date

April 10, 2015

Description

Immature male.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mchlfx

Date

April 10, 2015

Description

Male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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anudibranchmom

Date

April 5, 2015 01:22 PM PDT
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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.