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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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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

greglasley

Date

March 30, 2015

Description

male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mchlfx

Date

March 29, 2015

Description

Juvenile male. First dragonfly photo of the year.

I saw quite a few Common Green Darners but being extremely warm and mid afternoon they were not very still for photographs.

It was approximately 83 degrees out.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cwwood

Date

June 13, 2006 12:35 PM EDT

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Square

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

July 14, 2006

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mchlfx

Date

July 24, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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cgritz

Date

September 9, 2013

Description

Twelve-spotted skimmer female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

cgritz

Date

June 24, 2012

Description

Common Whitetail

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mchlfx

Date

June 27, 2014

Description

Female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mchlfx

Date

June 27, 2014

Description

Immature male

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

danielgeorge

Date

May 23, 2009 12:53 PM PDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

scottking

Date

May 30, 2011 11:40 AM CDT

Description

Common Whitetail
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

April 25, 2014
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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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