The New Mexico Dragonfly Notebook


Libellula  lydia
"Common Whitetail"

Libellula (Plathemis) lydia "Common Whitetail" of the Family Libellulidae, a dark, chocolate- brown species. This genus is noted for the striking difference in appearance between males and females. In males, the abdomens become bluish-white with age. Females have lateral, yellow spots on their abdomens. The chocolate-black crossband located toward the wing tips is uniform in color, and a brown spot is located at each wing base. Beyond the brown basal spots in the hind wings, the males usually acquire a patch of white. In addition, the females of this species have brown wing tips. Adults are found hovering over the water surface and perching on shore. The nymphs have a dark brown coloration. This dragonfly is widely distributed throughout North America. It is often seen resting on mud banks and along freshwater streams in New Mexico.

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