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Common Whitetail, male

Plathemis lydia


Male dragonfly easily recognized by the pure white abdomen. Brown and white. Juvenile males look similar to females until mature. Second image is a juvi male.


Lakes, ponds, slow streams. Sometimes only species present. Larvae on mud bottom.


This is the first species of dragonfly that I spotted in my yard. I have at least one pair every summer. Very common. Second pic is juvi male

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DianePlatcoBrooks 9 years ago

Thank you quiggsmcghee, for catching that. I meant to check the mission above amphibions. Correction made.

quiggsmcghee 9 years ago

Please remove from this mission. Arthropods are not amphibious

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Corning, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Dec 5, 2012

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