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Related Species in LIBELLULIDAE: Number of records for 2018 = 240

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Common Whitetail by John Petranka
Distinctive
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sciName Plathemis lydia
mapClick on county for list of all its records for Common Whitetail
distribution Statewide, occurring in all 100 counties.
abundance Very common to abundant across the state, not seeming to vary considerably in numbers from one province to another. Though seldom occurring large swarms -- the highest one-day count is "just" 55 individuals -- it is among the most widespread species in terms of habitats from wet to dry, wooded to open.
flight Nearly the entire odonate flight season, from late March to late October, sparingly into November.
habitat Ponds, lakes, swamps, seeps, pools, and other open water. Probably uses smaller, temporary pools and ditches more than most other dragonflies.
behavior Adults commonly perch flat on the ground, especially on mud or other damp ground, such as pond shores, muddy spots in powerline clearings, and so forth. They also perch more often on concrete, wood, and other man-made structures than do most other dragonflies. They do perch on twigs and vegetation, but not as frequently as do most other skimmers. They forage well away from water, in fields, woodland borders, powerline clearings, as well as at pond margins, etc.; they often come into urban habitats such as gardens and yards.
comments This may be the most conspicuous or obvious dragonfly in NC, especially to the layman; they are impossible to miss or overlook when present, as they perch on the ground where observers frequently walk. In fact, one quickly tires of them, despite their attractiveness. Though females could be confused with the scarce Twelve-spotted Skimmer, in general this a very easily identified dragonfly.
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S_rank S5
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G_rank G5
synonym Libellula lydia
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Species account update: LeGrand

Photo Gallery for Common Whitetail

Other NC Galleries:    Jeff Pippen    Will Cook    Ted Wilcox
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Cumberland, 2018-07-13, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville
Photo by: Mike Turner

Comment: Davie, 2018-07-03, S. Yadkin River @ Concord Church boating access
Photo by: Charles K. Smith

Comment: Davidson, 2018-06-28, Residence off of Jerusalem Road. - Male, immature coloration.
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Craven, 2018-06-16, Swift Creek; 7 km section between Cool Springs Boating Access Area and NC 43 bridge, by kayak
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Chowan, 2018-06-09, Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Edgecombe, 2018-05-25, Etheridge Pond, Tar River Game Land
Photo by: Mark Shields and Hunter Phillips

Comment: Rockingham, 2018-05-13, Mayo River State Park (MARI) - Mayo Mountain Access - around ponds near park office
Photo by: Guy McGrane

Comment: Watauga, 2018-05-01, Appears to be the earliest report for the county - Ben Miller Road-photo
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Lenoir, 2018-05-01, Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Wayne, 2018-05-01, Waynesborough Park, Goldsboro - female
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Washington, 2018-04-28, Pettigrew State Park (PETT)
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Tyrrell, 2018-04-28, Pettigrew State Park (PETT)
Photo by: Guy McGrane

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2017-09-13, Marley Ford WMA duck pond
Photo by: Guy McGrane

Comment: Wilkes; P, 2017-09-13, Marley Ford WMA duck pond
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Bladen, 2017-07-30, Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam #1
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Alleghany, 2017-06-28, Little Glade Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Burke; P, 2017-06-04, Johns River Boating Access, north of Morganton
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Mitchell, 2017-06-03, Nolichucky River at Poplar Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Rutherford; P, 2017-06-02, Morse Park, Lake Lure
Photo by: Mark Shields, Hunter Phillips

Comment: Gates, 2017-04-14, Merchants Millpond State park (MEMI)
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Jones, 2017-04-11, Island Creek trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Carteret, 2016-04-11, ponds along Patsy Pond Nature Trail, Croatan National Forest
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Duplin, 2015-09-08, Northeast Cape Fear River at Chinquapin Boat Access Area
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Pender, 2015-09-01, Holly Shelter Game Land
Photo by: Owen McConnell

Comment: Cherokee, 2015-06-15, Cherokee Lake (a dammed creek arm of Hiwassee Lake)
Photo by: Kristy Baker

Comment: Dare; Mainland, 2015-06-07, Alligator River NWR Charles Kuralt Trail
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-05-14, Elk Creek rocky sandbar - males and females
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Wilkes; M, 2015-05-14, Elk Creek rocky sandbar - males and females
Photo by: Mark Shields

Comment: Onslow, 2014-09-18, Retention pond at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville,NC
Photo by: John Petranka

Comment: Alleghany, 2014-07-04, Little Glade Millpond, along Blue Ridge Parkway about 0.5 mi. south of US 21 at Mile Marker 230 - Males
Photo by: Doug Johnston, Vin Stanton

Comment: Graham, 2013-07-16, Tallulah Bog - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston, Simon Thompson

Comment: Polk; P, 2012-08-04, FENCE - Male & Female
Photo by: Doug Johnston

Comment: Madison, 2012-04-20,
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Transylvania, 2011-08-19, Brevard - Male & Female
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Buncombe, 2011-07-27, Beaver Lake Asheville - M & F
Photo by: Vin Stanton, Doug Johnston

Comment: Haywood, 2011-06-08, imaged at Lake Junaluska and seen at Haywood Community College - M & F seen
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Richmond; C, 2011-05-05, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery
Photo by: Ali Iyoob, Matt Daw, Dan Irizarry

Comment: Wake, 2011-05-03,
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2010-06-27, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, Male
Photo by: Vin Stanton

Comment: Henderson, 2009-09-13, Imaged at Fletcher Park - 9/13/2009
Photo by: Salman Abdulali

Comment: Pitt, 2009-07-18, Winterville
Photo by: Bob Oberfelder

Comment: Wake, 2009-07-17, Observed in Cary at Lochmere Golf Course, female
Photo by: Lori Owenby, Alisha Hayes

Comment: Catawba, 2009-06-08, Riverbend Park - at 3/4 acre pond
Photo by: Curtis Smalling

Comment: Watauga, 2005-06-08, Meat Camp Creek Environmental Studies Area near point 36.24414; 081.62866
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe, 2004-06-02.
Photo by: Ted Wilcox

Comment: Ashe County, 2003-09-09, female