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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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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

sambiology

Date

July 25, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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swampy

Date

July 27, 2015

Description

One seen.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sambiology

Date

July 26, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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metsa

Date

July 26, 2015

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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sanguinaria33

Date

July 26, 2015 09:45 AM CDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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rasamoto

Date

July 25, 2015 11:45 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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rasamoto

Date

July 21, 2015 06:09 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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rasamoto

Date

July 11, 2015 12:39 PM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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timbir5

Date

July 25, 2015 03:27 PM EDT

Description

Males and females

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Date

July 25, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

leslie_flint

Date

July 18, 2015 03:36 PM PDT

Description

Location is not completely accurate but it's the Hudson exit off Hwy 5

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

lauramorganclark

Date

July 24, 2015
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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.