immature male common whitetail
male common whitetail
female common whitetail
Cochise County, Arizona, US
~6cm length, ♀. 2493 ft. elevation. Caught her in flight, laying eggs in our spring. (blue oak/sagebrush habitat).
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...