Crawlies with Cri

Crawlies with Cri: Common Whitetail Dragonfly (Plathemis lydia)

This week’s crawly is big, bold and beautiful. Meet the common whitetail dragonfly (Plathemis lydia).Whitetails are in the skimmer Family (Libellulidae). Skimmers earned their common name from the females who skim over the water to deposit eggs.The “whitetail” name comes from the males who, as you can see, do have white tails. They are dark brown when they hatch and turn white fairly quickly as they age. The white pruinescence is . . .

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