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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

Order: Odonata (oh-do-NAY-ta) (Info)
Family: Libellulidae
Genus: Plathemis
Species: lydia


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Robertsdale, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Malvern, Arkansas
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Westchester, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Cole Camp, Missouri
Glouster, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Ruther Glen, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Peterstown, West Virginia

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Member Notes:

Positive okus On Jul 24, 2006, okus from
(Zone 8b) wrote:

Attractive dragonfly that eats other small insects pests

Neutral Magpye On Aug 11, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a fairly common dragonfly, and is present in most of North America. The mature males have a white waxy layer on their abdomen. They are found on low plants and near the waters edge.

Positive GD_Rankin On Aug 31, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX
(Zone 9a) wrote:

These are all around my herb garden this month and seem to enjoy the cool shaded area and waterings. I keep a water dish out for the dogs and what ever else may pass by. I think these (and the other dragonflies that hang out here) help keep the mosquito population in check.

The female was not willing to let me approach her for a long time, finally she allowed me to get within inches for a few quick photos. A male that frequents the same area is much more approachable.

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