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    • Common Whitetail
  • Scientific Names
    • Plathemis lydia
    • Libellula lydia
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    • Libélula rayadora blanca

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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royaltyler

Date

September 14, 2014 11:09 AM CDT

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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joshualincoln

Date

September 9, 2014

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common whitetail Plathemis lydia

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coachwhipbooks

Date

September 13, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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lupe

Date

August 31, 2014

Description

female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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maractwin

Date

September 11, 2014 02:18 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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June 29, 2014 09:41 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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molanic

Date

June 2, 2014 02:06 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) Female

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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riversedge

Date

July 28, 2014 02:56 PM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

dgovoni

Date

September 7, 2014 01:24 PM EDT

Description

Common Whitetail, Plathemis lydia (Drury, 1773). Adult female. Mason Neck State Park, Lorton, Virginia, USA. Photo by David L. Govoni ©2014.

Bugguide.net: bugguide.net/node/view/603
EOL: eol.org/pages/131397/overview
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_whitetail

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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jimjohnson

Date

August 16, 2014

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

June 21, 2014 01:56 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

September 4, 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

No range data available.