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Common Whitetail

Libellula lydia


Most common dragonfly at Huntley Meadows. The common whitetail looks similar to the female until it developes pruinesence on the abdomen making the abdomen white. The wing pattern is different between the sexes from the time they are tenerals.


Found often on the boardwalk and perched near water when they are mature, the common white tails are found in the meadows while they reach maturity.


I have added a teneral female common white tail to the pictures. Notice how the wings are very shiny and the wing pattern is faint. Now the pictures are of one teneral female and one immature male.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 2, 2012
Submitted on May 2, 2012

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