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    • Common Whitetail
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    • Plathemis lydia
    • Libellula lydia

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Recent observations

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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musicwolf

Date

April 17, 2014 07:10 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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taogirl

Date

April 13, 2014

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) Plathemis lydia

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rita

Date

April 12, 2014

Description

Dragonfly, maybe a female common whitetail.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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mikaelb

Date

April 11, 2014 04:42 PM CDT

Description

I never knew about the two diagonal stripes on the thorax, yellow on the bottom, white on top.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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taogirl

Date

April 8, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cosmiccat

Date

September 10, 2013

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) Plathemis lydia

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corbanhemphill

Date

April 4, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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brianw

Date

August 11, 2013

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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connlindajo

Date

March 27, 2014 04:55 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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riversedge

Date

the past

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Dsc_3909

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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slichti

Date

August 3, 2013 04:03 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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calopteryx

Date

August 11, 2012
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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.