Nebraska Dragonflies and Damselflies
Plathemis lydia [formerly Libellula lydia]
The Common Whitetail male is easily recognizable by the black band across each wing and the chalky white abdomen. Females have three dark spots in each wing. Their abdomens are brown with white zig-zag side stripes (unlike the similar female Twelve-spotted Skimmer which has a smooth, uninterrupted side stripe). The young males have abdomens marked like females and wings marked like adult males.
Common Whitetail male
Size: 42-48 mm (1.7-1.9 in)
Habitat: ponds, lakes and some streams
Great Plains Range: TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, NM, CO, WY, MT, MO, IA, MN
Flight season: mid May to mid September
Green indicates accepted county record (specimen or photograph).
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