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  • French
    • la 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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coachwhipbooks

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May 22, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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treichard

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May 22, 2015 04:27 PM EDT

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cwwood

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June 6, 2007 09:14 AM EDT

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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kbeza31979

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May 17, 2015

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female side view

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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kbeza31979

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May 17, 2015

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immature male

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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kbeza31979

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May 17, 2015

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cwwood

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May 20, 2015 11:10 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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carlaag

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May 17, 2015 04:15 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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treichard

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May 2, 2015 03:35 PM EDT

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cwwood

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April 29, 2015 09:18 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sharonh

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May 19, 2015 01:57 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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scottking

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May 17, 2015 02:48 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail, female
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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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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