Common Whitetail Skimmer
Plathemis Lydia

The male White-tailed Dragonfly is easy to identify because of its bright white abdomen. Another interesting characteristic is its habit of resting with its head facing down while wings are fixed in a forward position. The white abdomen is usually held in a slightly raised position. Of the many dragonflies around local ponds and streams we can be fairly certain to recognize this one. Amateur naturalists find it gratifying when they are confident in naming a species of plant or animal. A student hiker netted a specimen (shown in hand below) from the path along the edge of a pond at Booker's Mill in Conecuh County. The specimen was anesthetized for examination and released to fly again.


Photo courtesy Curtis Miyasaka
October 2006

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