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What type of Dragonfly is this? - Plathemis lydia - male

What type of Dragonfly is this? - Plathemis lydia - Male
McDonough, Henry County, Georgia, USA
May 25, 2006
I don't know if there are different species of Dragonfly or not. I assume there are. What type is this one?

Common Whitetail
Excellent shot of a male Common Whitetail (Libellula lydia)...as it gets older, the rest of the abdomen will get almost as white as those spots. The female has a brown abdomen with the white spots along the sides, and her wings have black tips, an irregular black spot midway along, and an irregular black bar (like the male's) at the base.

Dragonflies not only have many different species, but in most the males and females look different.

Good book to pick up, if you're getting hooked on dragonflies, is "Dragonflies Through Binoculars" by Sidney Dunkle.

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Looks like Plathemis (Libellula) lydia (Common Whitetail) male.

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