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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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carolp

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May 26, 2016 11:32 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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lizlovesnature

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May 22, 2016

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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richardyank

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May 25, 2016

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female

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richardyank

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May 25, 2016

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immature male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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beschwar

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May 25, 2016

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Female

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david142

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May 24, 2016

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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scottking

Date

May 24, 2016 01:57 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail, male
River Bend Nature Center
Faribault, Minnesota

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sdz456

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May 20, 2016

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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rpayne

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May 24, 2016 12:25 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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May 24, 2016 03:06 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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michellek_pearce

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May 3, 2016 02:35 PM EDT

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shstuddard

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May 23, 2016 04:10 PM 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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