common whitetail

(Plathemis lydia)

Conservation Status
common whitetail
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The lateral white line on the female abdomen is broken and zig-zagged.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 1½ to 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella) lateral white line on the female abdomen is solid and straight.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Still or slow moving water with a muddy bottom; ponds, lakes, stream pools, marshes.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Mid-May to late September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nymph Food

 
 

Insects and tadpoles

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Mosquitoes, flies, and other flying insects, including smaller dragonflies

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 16, 17, 18, 24.

 
  9/7/2018      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)  
 

Suborder

Epiprocta  
  Infraorder Anisoptera (dragonflies)  
 

Superfamily

Cavilabiata  
 

Family

Libellulidae (skimmers)  
 

Genus

Plathemis  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Libellula lydia

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

common whitetail

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Adult Male

 
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Juvenile Male

 
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Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Andree Reno Sanborn
  Common Whitetail Dragonfly  
 
About

Libellula lydia, Plathemis lydia

 
Platythemis lydia (Common Whitetail)
Allen Chartier
  Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail)  
Common Whitetail
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Leah Starks

 
  Common Whitetail
Published on Jul 5, 2019
 
   
 
About

female in Burnsville, MN

   
       
       
 
Other Videos
 
  Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Libellulidae: Plathemis lydia) Male, Close-up
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 19, 2012

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (19 June 2012).

 
  Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Libellulidae: Plathemis lydia) Female on Branch
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 9, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (08 July 2011). Thank you to 'DeeDee' (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the identity of this specimen!

 
  ♥ Plathemis lydia, "Common Whitetail" Dragonfly Clip #013
SaltWaterDiatoms
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 28, 2009

Photos/Videos for Educational, non-commercial purpose
http://www.zoology-quest.net/wiki/index.php/Plathemis%20lydia

Kingdom Animalia -- Animal, animals, animaux
Phylum Arthropoda -- arthropodes, arthropods, Artrópode
Subphylum Hexapoda -- hexapods
Class Insecta -- hexapoda, insectes, insects, inseto
Subclass Pterygota -- insects ailés, winged insects
Infraclass Palaeoptera -- ancient winged insects
Order Odonata Fabricius, 1793 -- damselflies, dragonflies, libélula
Suborder Anisoptera Selys, 1854 -- dragonflies, libellules
Family Libellulidae -- common skimmers, libellulidés, Skimmers
Genus Plathemis Hagen, 1861

Species Plathemis lydia (Drury, 1773) -- Common Whitetail
http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=101809

 
  Common Whitetail (Libellulidae: Plathemis lydia) Female
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 20, 2010

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (19 June 2010).

 
  ♥ Plathemis lydia (Drury, 1773) -- Common Whitetail, Clip #018
SaltWaterDiatoms
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 29, 2009

Thanks to Jeff for the identification!
Jeff's Damselfly and Dragonfly Page
http://www.duke.edu/~jspippen/dragonflies.htm

Kingdom Animalia -- Animal, animals, animaux
Phylum Arthropoda -- arthropodes, arthropods, Artrópode
Subphylum Hexapoda -- hexapods
Class Insecta -- hexapoda, insectes, insects, inseto
Subclass Pterygota -- insects ailés, winged insects
Infraclass Palaeoptera -- ancient winged insects
Order Odonata Fabricius, 1793 -- damselflies, dragonflies, libélula
Suborder Anisoptera Selys, 1854 -- dragonflies, libellules
Family Libellulidae -- common skimmers, libellulidés, Skimmers
Genus Plathemis Hagen, 1861

Species Plathemis lydia (Drury, 1773) -- Common Whitetail
http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=101809

 
       

 

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  Dallas
6/24/2021

Location: Owatonna, Mn.

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  Alfredo Colon
10/16/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

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  Robyn
8/5/2018

Location: Ney Nature Center pond, Henderson, MN 

   
  Kirk Nelson
5/22/2016

Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit

Common Whitetail, seen near the stream that flows by the Bass Ponds Interpretive Trail

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