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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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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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ggoatboy

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July 19, 2008 01:29 PM CDT

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Harrington Beach State Park

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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ggoatboy

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August 6, 2008 03:57 PM CDT

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Menomonee River

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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ggoatboy

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June 17, 2012 09:21 AM CDT

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Echo Lake

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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ggoatboy

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June 12, 2012 12:24 PM CDT

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Milwaukee county grounds

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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ggoatboy

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June 9, 2014 01:04 PM CDT

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Whitnall Park

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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June 19, 2015 05:06 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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June 6, 2015 05:05 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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June 5, 2015 04:39 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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chrisgoforth

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June 5, 2015 04:38 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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neild

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June 29, 2012 02:01 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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inat7

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June 19, 2012 04:54 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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tobypcr

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July 11, 2016 07:59 PM EDT

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July 11th: I spotted this big blue dragonfly up on the top of Armour Hill, if anyone knows what species this is then let me know!

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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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