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  • English
    • Common Whitetail
  • Scientific Names
    • Plathemis lydia
    • Libellula lydia
  • Spanish
    • Libélula rayadora blanca

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P1560526

What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

muir

Date

September 13, 2014 04:41 PM EDT

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P1560792

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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muir

Date

September 20, 2014 11:18 AM EDT

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Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cmstinson

Date

May 6, 2012

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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pieceofmind

Date

June 29, 2013

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Square

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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pieceofmind

Date

June 2, 2013

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Square

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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crgillette

Date

September 25, 2014

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Img_7180

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

molanic

Date

June 9, 2012 05:12 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Male Common Whitetail Dragonfly

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Square

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

dfwuw

Date

August 22, 2014

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(Somewhere...)

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Square

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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pieceofmind

Date

July 14, 2013

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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pieceofmind

Date

June 9, 2013

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Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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pieceofmind

Date

June 9, 2013

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

zooga1961

Date

September 20, 2014

Description

sunrise hike to cattail pond.

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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.