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  • French
    • la lydienne
  • English
    • 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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ncmns

Date

June 25, 2015 02:04 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

August 23, 2015

Description

This was such a cool spot by the Chattahoochee River... I wish I would have been able to spend a bit more time out here walking all of the trails by the river.

I was expecting to find some unique dragonflies, buuuuut, I just found the usual suspects. :)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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dkinto

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June 30, 2013 11:14 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cwwood

Date

August 11, 2015 10:40 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

August 21, 2015

Description

Left one of the sessions a bit early to run over to this pond. Really cool wetland spot!

Lots of dragonflies, although, they were all ones I was familiar with. Ah well. Still fun! :)

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

August 20, 2015

Description

Observed on the tour of Chattahoochee Nature Center -- amazing organization!

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

August 20, 2015

Description

Observed at the farm on the tour of Chattahoochee Nature Center -- amazing organization!

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

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August 19, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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trc_alison

Date

May 27, 2011

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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erikamitchell

Date

July 2, 2015 03:10 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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erikamitchell

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July 2, 2015 03:09 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cwwood

Date

August 6, 2015 11:19 AM EDT
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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.