Dragonflies: Common Whitetail

Photo of Common Whitetail (immature male)

I noticed this creature on a walk the other day. I later determined he was an immature Common Whitetail dragonfly. Adult males of this species have frosty-white abdomens; immature males have bodies that look similar to females.

Photo of Common Whitetail (immature male)

You can tell this isn't a female by the wing markings.  A female Common Whitetail has a similar wing pattern to that of a female Twelve-spotted Skimmer -- with dark spots on each wing near the body, mid-wing and tip.  Visit the BugGuide to see many more photos of this species.

Photo of Common Whitetail (immature male)

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