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Baskettail? - Plathemis lydia - female

Baskettail? - Plathemis lydia - Female
North Carolina, USA
May 6, 2007
This should probably be an easy one to id but for the life of me I have no clue. Is it some sort of baskettail or a young white tail? The wing patches are throwing me.


Common Whitetail female
Your second guess was the correct one - it's a Common Whitetail. The pattern on the wings shows it to be a female. The immature males have the brown-and-white abdomen, too, but they have the same pattern of spots on the wings as the "white tailed" adult males.

Thanks so much! :)
Thanks so much! :)

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