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Common Whitetail -Dragonfly

Libellula Lydia

Description:

Female. Brown body. Dark strip at base of each wing. Wide, thick brown toward but before end of each wing. White spotted markings going down lower body on both sides.

Habitat:

waters edge by dam, of low leveled log filled lake supporting habitat for fowl such as loons, swans, ducks, and fish such as bass.


1 species ID suggestions

Liam
Liam 6 years ago
Common Whitetail - female
Libellula lydia

3 Comments

NicholeSauve
NicholeSauve 6 years ago

Ahh. . that solved a question I had while looking at my reference. Someone falsely listed a Libellula Julia as a Lybellula Lydia because of a similar (partially) blue abdomen, which made me question a spotting I listed right before this. lol. But on the same page was a properly labled Libellula Lydia male, with the banded wings and blue abdomen. Thanx! : ))

Liam
Liam 6 years ago

The males have a stunningly white/blue abdomen. Females have brown abdomens with white spotting.

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/704...

NicholeSauve
NicholeSauve 6 years ago

Didn't realize my reference stated that it was also a common whitetail, aside from libellula lydia..lol. If you don't mind me asking, if you ever check back to this, how did you know it was female? : )

Michigan, USA

Lat: 44.29, Long: -84.58

Spotted on Jun 20, 2011
Submitted on Sep 9, 2011

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