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    • 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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sanguinaria33

Date

June 2, 2010 01:03 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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scottking

Date

June 25, 2013 09:44 AM CDT

Description

Common Whitetails
Upper Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

July 12, 2004

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

scottking

Date

June 11, 2014 11:52 AM CDT

Description

Male Common Whitetail
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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scottking

Date

July 4, 2014 04:40 PM CDT

Description

Male Common Whitetail
flying over newly constructed retention pond
Northfield, Minnesota

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

hanawinberg

Date

July 29, 2014 10:56 AM CDT

Description

Dragonfly in our yard

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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tweedledee

Date

September 19, 2012

Description

Female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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annikaml

Date

April 14, 2012 08:22 AM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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richardwasson

Date

May 11, 2009

Description

2-1/2" wing span. Near a small lake.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

July 24, 2013

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

Date

August 10, 2012

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

jimjohnson

Date

August 3, 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.