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  • French
    • Libellule lydienne
    • 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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sambiology

Date

April 24, 2016

Description

Elizabeth and I went driving around on Sunday. She had the day off, so of course, we go outside to explore! :) We went to this park again -- it's a great one: Eagle Mountain Park.

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ian14

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April 27, 2016 01:24 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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reallifeecology

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April 24, 2016 05:40 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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greglasley

Date

April 27, 2016

Description

female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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April 23, 2016 11:48 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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kevinhintsa

Date

April 21, 2016 12:37 PM PDT

Description

I saw two dozen , all looked like females .

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jtuttle

Date

April 23, 2016 03:17 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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birdgal5

Date

May 29, 2014 07:25 PM PDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jmaughn

Date

April 25, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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teriyaki12

Date

April 25, 2016

Place

tulsa zoo (Google, OSM)

Description

Several individuals seen flying around. Female and young male in the photo. 75 degrees F.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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bugsoundsjc

Date

April 24, 2016

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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goody

Date

April 25, 2016

Description

This is an immature male. According to BugGuide: Immature males have the same body pattern as females but the same wing pattern as mature males.

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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

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