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

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What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

finatic

Date

August 16, 2010 11:32 AM PDT

Description

Cochise County, Arizona, US

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

royaltyler

Date

October 16, 2014 10:16 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mcduck

Date

June 8, 2014

Description

~6cm length, ♀. 2493 ft. elevation. Caught her in flight, laying eggs in our spring. (blue oak/sagebrush habitat).

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mcduck

Date

June 8, 2014

Description

~6cm length, ♂. Seen at our spring. 2493 ft. elevation. (blue oak/sagebrush habitat).

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mcduck

Date

May 6, 2012

Description

~6cm length. There were 2 or 3 of these guys flying around while I was photographing wildflowers, fortunately, this time I had my 200mm lens with me, so I could switch from 60mm lens to photograph this guy. ID by john and jane balaban @ BugGuide.

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) Plathemis lydia

Observer

sambiology

Date

October 10, 2014

Photos / Sounds

P1560980

What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

muir

Date

September 27, 2014 01:28 PM EDT

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Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

molanic

Date

June 21, 2007 02:42 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) Male

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

molanic

Date

June 21, 2007 02:45 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia) Female

Photos / Sounds

P1560526

What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

muir

Date

September 13, 2014 04:41 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

P1560792

What

common whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

muir

Date

September 20, 2014 11:18 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

cmstinson

Date

May 6, 2012
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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.