male Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) photos = Whitetail,Common_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031332iN + D031333iN
Is this a female common whitetail?
Plathemis lydia (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, VA 01 September 2012
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...